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Bob Jones is co-owner and chief executive officer of The Chef’s Garden, a family-owned farm in Huron, Ohio, committed to growing exceptional vegetables. Bob leads the farm’s cutting-edge food safety and food quality programs, helping develop the most reliably healthy and nutritionally dense fresh vegetables.

The direction of the farm changed in the 1980s from growing conventional vegetables when his brother, Lee Jones, had an encounter with a chef who asked him if their farm could grow squash blossoms for her restaurant. After that meeting, the family decided to take their farm in a new direction by focusing on the needs and desires of chefs, emphasizing flavor, sustainable farming practices, and quality over quantity. They have worked with chefs for over 40 years and ship produce to all 50 states and 17 countries. They also ship directly to homes in all 50 states and run an on-site retail store.

The Chef’s Garden grows a tremendous variety of vegetables, including microgreens, heirloom vegetables, microgreen herbs, specialty lettuces, and edible flowers.

In this episode, Bob and John discuss:

  • The importance of having multiple revenue streams

  • Understanding what the marketplace is asking of you

  • “Better is better before bigger is better.”

  • Food as health

  • The importance of soil and sap testing

  • Regenerative practices implemented on his farm

  • Applying observation and knowledge to field production

  • The nutrition of today’s food

 

Additional Resources

To learn more about Bob and Chef’s Garden, please visit https://www.farmerjonesfarm.com.

About John Kempf

John Kempf is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA). A top expert in biological and regenerative farming, John founded AEA in 2006 to help fellow farmers by providing the education, tools, and strategies that will have a global effect on the food supply and those who grow it.​

Through intense study and the knowledge gleaned from many industry leaders, John is building a comprehensive systems-based approach to plant nutrition – a system solidly based on the sciences of plant physiology, mineral nutrition, and soil microbiology.

Support For This Show & Helping You Grow

Since 2006, AEA has been on a mission to help growers become more resilient, efficient, and profitable with regenerative agriculture.

AEA works directly with growers to apply its unique line of liquid mineral crop nutrition products and biological inoculants. Informed by cutting-edge plant and soil data-gathering techniques, AEA’s science-based programs empower farm operations to meet the crop quality markers that matter the most.

AEA has created real and lasting change on millions of acres with its products and data-driven services by working hand-in-hand with growers to produce healthier soil, stronger crops, and higher profits.

Beyond working on the ground with growers, AEA leads in regenerative agriculture media and education, producing and distributing the popular and highly-regarded Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, inspiring webinars, and other educational content that serve as go-to resources for growers worldwide.

Learn more about AEA’s regenerative programs and products: https://www.advancingecoag.com/

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VIDEO: To learn more from John Kempf about regenerative agriculture, watch this conversation between John and three AEA grower partners about how regenerative agriculture is changing lives and conventional farming: https://youtu.be/n9U6GwbYPDk

 

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