Chet Anderson is as local as one gets in Boulder, growing up here, graduating from Fairview High School, working in the produce department of the original Alfalfa’s Market, and starting his Fresh Herb Company near Boulder Reservoir. Oh, and he was part of the group of local growers that started the Boulder Farmer’s Market, too.
When Chet was pursuing his graduate degree in Urban Development, it was Farmer-Poet Wendell Berry’s writing that redirected him to pursue small, economy of scale farming; to create a farm that does not use more land than can be managed, that keeps the weeds cleared so they don’t blow their seeds into the next farm, that grows not just flowers and herbs, but grows them with excellence and care.
When asked why he does it, Chet says, “I love growing things!” That love isn’t just in watching it happen, but in creating a space that gives the best room to grow. Chet tells how Fresh Herb Farms has a creek running through it and how that water brings cooler temperatures, making early mornings all the better for cutting. This gives his flowers a longer cut life. Also, Fresh Herb Co. doesn’t use pesticides or gassing with their flowers.
Fresh Herb’s precisely kept grounds is a walk through a miracle in progress, one that blossoms with outstanding flowers and herbs grown just down the road from your front door, and sold just down the street at Alfalfa’s.