Nestled in a small outdoor space at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, a raised-bed garden grows produce for Café Modern, the onsite café managed by Bon Appétit Management Company.
Executive Chef Dena Peterson began the 20 ft. x 8ft. garden a few years ago with the goal of growing fresh herbs such as rosemary, sage, lemongrass and mint to feature in the café’s drinks and seasonal dishes. Dena and her team share responsibility for harvesting the produce and they have also hired a part-time gardener to help with watering and basic maintenance a few times each week.
The Cafe Modern Garden demonstrates that a productive garden doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to install. The team salvaged scrap wood to create the raised bed’s frame and uses thin PVC pipe and other creative materials to build their homemade garden trellises.