Chef Maggie O’Toole is a culinary teacher and the owner of Foodfest, a cooking school that teaches children, teens and adults to cook from scratch. She strives to empower cooks, especially young ones, to become educated consumers who shape the food landscape and demand fresh over packaged food and sustainable over mass produced.
We are thrilled to have twice had the opportunity to help support Maggie’s cause by designing and building spaces for edible gardens that could be used in her cooking classes. In 2015, we built raised vegetable beds and a custom outdoor kitchen in the backyard.
Two years later in 2017, we expanded the urban gardens to the front/side yard, designing even more raised vegetable beds and a fun square foot garden along the house. Covered benches around the perimeter of the garden provide space to rest a bit and escape from the heat.
For more information about Foodfest, please visit www.chefmaggiesfoodfest.com
The garden design has allowed me to realize my dream for a truly urban farm with a tremendous crop output. I have always hoped that I could have a landscape that would yield enough produce for me to be able to fully sustain my household for the entire summer. This has happened with Sarah’s design. The small Stapleton side and back yard was transformed into a rich modern oasis of bounty! I have also been able to utilize my garden as a learning interactive classroom for my cooking classes with the variety of plants that I grow. Small doesn’t need to be limiting with Sarah’s efficient and unique design!