Sarah-Jane Giles, our Head of Growing has been in horticulture for most of her working life, including working as Head Gardener on an Organic Farm for 28 years. During a visit to the cookery school at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, home to the sublimely talented Chef Raymond Blanc, she was invited to join the gardening team.
It was here that Sarah truly discovered her passion for growing vegetables. Her appreciation of the love it takes to grow perfect produce from a seed to placing it on the plate in a Michelin starred restaurant was firmly established.
During Sarah’s time at Le Manoir she met Chris Beardshaw, the Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist. Alongside her commitment to Le Manoir, Sarah worked on four Chelsea Flower Show builds for Chris. It demonstrates her ability to work to deadlines with precision planning to achieve award winning excellence. It’s Sarah’s mission to bring the exacting high standards she achieved in her previous experience to you - your family, your shop or your restaurant.
But it was when she went to work part time for Raymond Blanc at the world famous Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire that she really found her love for vegetable growing.
The amazing team at Le Manoir made her understand the work and love that it takes to grow produce from a seed to putting it on a Michelin Stared plate. It lit a passion for good quality produce in her.
More recently Sarah has been working on a pilot project in Hydroponic Growing.
She has been producing the seedlings for the hydroponic system taking them all the way through to mature plants before transferring them into a Vertical Tower ready for Chef to crop for the restaurant.
Definitely a great way to grow in the future using less water, space and providing fresh produce for
the kitchen, 365 days a year.