Carlomagno Aguilar, 33, started an urban garden in Pampanga with the intent to grow fresh herbs that chefs and restaurants can use in their dishes.
Fresherb is an urban garden located at the boundary of Angeles City and San Fernando Pampanga that provides fresh, homegrown, and all-natural herbs. “It was established because we believe that flavor matters and so does good health,” Aguilar said.
Aguilar first got the idea in 2011 when he borrowed a vacant lot from his uncle inside a subdivision so he can grow tomatoes and eggplants for his own personal consumption. He then posted the outcome of his efforts on his social media account.
Shortly after sharing photos of the produce, Aguilar received a request from a friend to grow arugula. Aguilar followed the suggestion and planted the vegetable. His friend then referred him to an Italian restaurant, where the chef was impressed and asked him to grow more vegetables, and even herbs.
“From then on, they referred me to different chefs, culinary schools, and hotels who need herbs, edible flowers and microgreens,” Aguilar said.
The garden’s herbs are harvested on a regular basis and the plants are monitored closely to avoid flowering, which leads to wilting.
HERB GARDEN AT HOME
Apart from supplying herbs to chefs and restaurants, Fresherb also sells potted herbs to customers who want to have an herb garden.
Based on experience, Aguilar sha