Today we are thrilled to present the first in a series of videos of the farmers who grow our vegetables. This one features biodynamic grower Mike Benziger of Glentucky Farms in Glen Ellen, Calif., and it captures the essence of the reason we founded Dr. Cowan’s Garden.
Our primary mission, as so beautifully described by Mike, is to make it easy for people to diversify their diets with the most nutritious (and sometimes hard-to-find) plants as possible. To optimize the nutritional content of the plants, first and foremost, we need healthy soil. No one describes and fulfills this need more precisely and passionately than Mike.
And, as you will see toward the end of the video, plants, like people, perform best when they are surrounded by beauty. Please watch the video all the way to the end. If you are like me, you, too, will be inspired to somehow create more beauty in your life.
For many of us, our relationship to food is a never ending journey. Sometimes to move forward one finds themselves looking back. For bread and specifically the grains used to make it I find that the best results are indeed found in reflection. It is sometimes true that modern ingenuity has value for us, but that is usually only when paired with ancient wisdom. For grains, that wisdom is in the ancient varieties that have been grown for thousands of years.
During this time of relative uncertainty, we have decided to renew our commitment to gardening. Dr. Cowan’s Garden was originally a place, located in Napa Valley on a plot of land generously donated by a friend. It embodied our ideals and was a sanctuary for growth and learning.
The garden was our muse for new product offerings and for improving existing ones. The garden kept our ambitions grounded to certain fundamentals, as the practice of gardening can be challenging.