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Creek 28 Restaurant's Chef Kira Volz and Her New Chef's Garden

Chef Kira Volz as backyard farmer.
Chef Kira Volz as backyard farmer.
Jacob Katel
In a three way partnership between The Market Company (Lincoln Road farmers market, Upper Eastside Green Market, Doral Farmers Market etc.), Paradise Farms (organic produce farmer for the restaurant industry), and Miami Victory Gardens (ready made raised bed gardens) Creek 28 restaurant in the historic Indian Creek Hotel on Miami Beach has just installed two raised bed vegetable gardens for the growing season.

Chef Kira says they are using the raised bed because "Here on the beach you dig three inches into the soil and it's fuckin coral rock.

For me, as a chef, the herbs are one of the most expensive things to buy, but the easiest thing to grow. We'll be growing herbs, tomatoes, salad greens, we already have some pineapples going, we'll be putting in two 4x4 beds.

It's a lot of work, I'm not going to lie, but things like this are worth working for."

Here are some more pictures from the install. We will go back to Creek 28 in about 25 days when they should be pulling in their first crop thanks to properly sown seeds and a method called successive gardening that should always keep them in fresh produce...
Garden space detail.
Garden space detail.
Knight in rusted aluminum.
Knight in rusted aluminum.

Pre existing herb garden backed by wooden fence perfect for tomato vines to crawl up.
Pre existing herb garden backed by wooden fence perfect for tomato vines to crawl up.

Anaerobic compost, with the top on there's no air.
Anaerobic compost, with the top on there's no air.

New, open-air, aerobic compost pile.
New, open-air, aerobic compost pile.
Chef Kira's workers unload pavers she scored free off a construction site that was set to throw them away.
Chef Kira's workers unload pavers she scored free off a construction site that was set to throw them away.
Chef's garden space - before.
Chef's garden space - before.
Florida horned spider just hanging around.
Florida horned spider just hanging around.
Dylan (left) and TY (right) unload supplies as they drop off raised garden bed.
Dylan (left) and TY (right) unload supplies as they drop off raised garden bed.
Raised bed garden frame.
Raised bed garden frame.
Hammered home.
Hammered home.
Chef Kira mixing soil.
Chef Kira mixing soil.
Raised bed garden assembled and full of soil.
Raised bed garden assembled and full of soil.
Gus from Paradise Farms talks farming.
Gus from Paradise Farms talks farming.
Gus from Paradise Farms and Chef Kira talk planting strategy.
Gus from Paradise Farms and Chef Kira talk planting strategy.
Creek 28 Restaurant's Chef Kira Volz and Her New Chef's Garden
A farmer's invoice.
A farmer's invoice.
A Miami Beach lizard.
A Miami Beach lizard.
Fall in Miami.
Fall in Miami.
Food.
Food.
Sowing seeds.
Sowing seeds.
Chef Kira plants fennel.
Chef Kira plants fennel.
A chef in the garden.
A chef in the garden.

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