Last year we started this project. We named it Highland Gardens, after the highland cattle that we used to raise here at the resort. This farm is a place where cultural food-ways and gastronomy meet. We wanted to create a platform that would allow us to explore the indigenous ingredients in New Hampshire without having one of our local farmers use their land for something that was more purely based on education than profit. We have had a few successes and a few failures along the way. As this is still in the early stages of development we have much to learn. Last year, and most of this year, has been spent “growing” soil. This concept was new to me as a chef and it has really changed how I viewed produce that we cook with. It is not just the health of the plant that will determine its deliciousness, but more importantly it is the health of the soil. We are still growing many species in our gardens to see what handles this unique environment the best, but we will continue to grow the soil along the way. Our region of New England has many wonderful offerings and this place will help cultivate the knowledge that we will need to continue our journey in exploring these ingredients.