Historic gardens, nestled between the coastal forest and the ocean,
are the home of The Stanford Inn by The Sea and The Ravens Restaurant.
Big River Nurseries is our California Certified Organic garden. We offer produce and herbs to our own Ravens Restaurant along with selected restaurants and grocers. As a retail nursery, we provide ornamental plants, herbal wreaths, sprays, braids, spices and herbs. We provide vegetables and herbs to our dining room.
Using French intensive, biointensive, and organic methods, we raise a wide variety of lettuces, cabbages, spinach, radishes and gourmet vegetables such as radicchio, mizuna, arugula, and tah tsai. Some beds are used to provide cut flowers and others are rose beds. We are also experimenting with a wide variety of fruit trees, learning which will flourish on the coast.
We are excited by our gardens – particularly in that we can present this approach of gardening/farming to you. It is productive and beautiful while remaining in balance with nature.