A particular point of pride for me is that we collect rainwater from roofs and gutters, along with land terracing, to direct that water into our man-made lake for irrigation.
I’m passionate about water conservation, and I insisted from early on that we remain self-sufficient for our irrigation, disconnected from the municipal water supply whenever possible. I’m very happy to say that we’ve achieved that goal, and water our crops through the natural water cycle, turning to town water only when absolutely necessary.
We’re combining state-of-the-art farming techniques with farming philosophies from over a century ago, growing a wide range of heirloom varietals chosen by our chefs and farmers for the taste and feel on the plate. We seek to grow our produce in a way that nourishes the earth, so that we can continue to provide the best food we can for many years to come.
We will also partner with the local community to offer our guests local beef, pork, and dairy along with off-site activities such as golf, horseback riding, fly fishing and live music. Our resort day spa features natural ingredients, many of which are found right on the property. The spa, by the way, is really something special. I wanted to be sure to include a luxurious, high-end experience, so we could take care of our guests as well as we take care of the land around them, and I think the team really went above and beyond in achieving that goal.
Yes, Southall is a resort, but at its core, it’s still a farm. To really share the farm and all it has to offer, I wanted to create a place where people can come and stay to fully enjoy a deep dive into a culinary seed-to-table experience. So, we have a 62-room inn and 16 cottages surrounded by the farm and trails. It’s immersive – Southall’s beauty is all around you, and we want you to be able to experience every inch of it. This is an experiment in immersive hospitality and a giant picnic at the same time, with events that can pop up pretty much anywhere on the property.
My wife Laura asks me if I’m having fun. Good question! In the past, with a business in the financial securities industry trading options, I was working too much to think about it. But now, I can confidently say that the answer is yes, I’m having fun with my work. I’m working on it every day, thinking about it all the time. But I am also spending time with my family as we watch it all come together. I’m building something that will be here for a long time, something that will enhance my life and my family’s life and, most importantly, the lives of the people who come to Southall. It’s big. For so long, it felt like a dream, but then we built it – it’s real! – which I’m still wrapping my head around.
Here, everyone can be a part of what we grow, how we care for it, and how we serve it up. Check us out. Eat the food. Listen to the music. Walk the trails, take a spa day! You’ll feel nurtured by nature no matter what you do at Southall. We can’t wait to open our doors to you.
– Paul Mishkin