Chef’s Garden Installs Over 700 iGROW Agricultural Induction Grow Lights In State Of Art Greenhouse
Huron, Ohio—May 1st, 2012
Farmer Lee Jones
To many chefs, Farmer Lee Jones embodies the Chef's Garden. Pepertually clad in his trademark overalls and a red bowtie, it is not uncommon to see Farmer Jones at the culinary industry's top shows and events. As the direct connection to the chef, Farmer Jones leads the passionate team members at The Chef's Garden to continually excel beyond their own high standards in quality and service, in order to deliver the finest quality vegetables direct from Earth to Table* to the world's greatest culinarians.
Much in demand as a speaker and expert on sustainable agriculture and its influence on the culinary industry,
Farmer Jones has been featured in numerous national publications, including Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine and The Washington Post. The farm has been featured on "The Martha Stewart Show," Food Network's "Roker on the Road," "CNN Business Unusual," and ABC World News. Farmer Jones was also the first farmer ever to judge the popular Food Network TV program "Iron Chef America."Farmer Jones travels nationwide, speaking about sustainability at seminars and culinary events like The International Chefs Congress and The James Beard Foundation Awards. In addition, he frequently participates in panel discussions as an agricultural expert, including The Women Chefs and Restaurateurs National Conference in 2007 and Chef Raymond Blanc's American Food Revolution in Oxford, England in 2004. He currently sits on the board of Chef Magazine.
July 5, 2011
To Whom It May Concern,
Re: First Energy
"Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs"
Thank you for the opportunity to explain in further detail our greenhouse lighting project here at The Chef's Garden. The Chef's Garden is a family owned and operated fresh vegatable and herb farm in Hurnon, Ohio. Our farm is managed as a sustainable farming operation whose primary goals are being: 1)environmentally friendly, 2)socially responsible and 3)economically viable for the benefit of our customers, team members and community.
The current project underway is a greenhouse upgrade to grow lettuce in the winter. In order to successfully grow in the winter time in northern Ohio we need to supplement natural lighting. The acceptable industry standard is HPS or MH and we typically run the lighting to obtain fourteen hours of light each day. We have found over the years that the standard of HPS/MH lighting systems to be very inefficient for several reasons. We have several greenhouses outfitted with this older system and have been researching a more sustainable approach for three years.
We are very impressed with the Induction lighting technology that the iGROW system provides as a broad spectrum, broad casting, non point source lighting technology. We are convinced that this system will quickly become the new standard in horticultural lighting in the very near future and are thrilled to be at the forefront of the utilization in the industry.
If you have any further questions or would like to visit our facilities, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Bob Jones Jr.
Director of Production