If you own a restaurant, café or food business, you will know that the demand for fresh organic produce is growing as Australians are becoming more health conscious.
One of the best ways to stand out from your competition while also meeting the needs of your customers is to grow your own produce, and these days it's easier to do than you might think.
No longer do you require vast tracts of land to grow fruits and vegetables that can sustain your restaurant's quota extra space in a parking lot or backyard area will suffice.
George Karounos, director of Urban Food Garden, says simple garden beds built atop concrete surfaces or vertical garden walls stacked up against fences can help restaurateurs grow significant amounts of the fresh produce they use daily.
"Most café owners at least have enough spare land to build on we can help them build on top of the ground, the carpark or even up against the fence in a step-frame style garden," says Karounos.
"We help them grow a lot of the produce they use frequently such as herbs or spring onions."
Not only does this mean you can grow and harvest food easily, it also allows you to promote the fact your business grows its own organic produce a significant selling point.
A seasonal garden can also inspire a more creative menu to help set you apart from the competition.
Urban Food Garden works with you to gain necessary council approvals and also offers an ongoing maintenance program to ensure you are getting the most out of your garden.