A leafcutter bee rests on borage in the Southall greenhouse.

A Property-wide Pollination Plan for the Farm at Southall

Award-winning wildflower honey doesn’t happen by accident, but the bee program at Southall is about far more than a sweet summer reward. These workhorse insects – by next summer, nearly 4 million of them — are at the center of everything we do on the farm. Southall Beekeeper Jay Williams…

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All About Chickens

For thousands of years, people around the world have utilized domesticated chickens for their healthy eggs and meat. It all started with the wild red junglefowl of east Asia, around 7,000 B.C., and as humans saw the opportunity, chickens were used as barter and spread far and wide. Expeditions from…

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How Bees Are Helping Make Southall Blossom

When the purple deadnettle blooms in late February, Jay Williams knows the bees are waking up. Williams has been fascinated with the craft of growing honeybees as pollinators since learning of their plight years ago. He loves making honey, and he delights in the opportunity to inspire people to learn…

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The Southall Ethos: Seasonality and Sustainability

The smell of smoldering apple wood signals late winter in the air at Southall, as Chef Tyler Brown cracks the door of the smokehouse to check on the progress of sock sausage that is slowly working its magic. Nine days of smoke should be good, he says, but it could…

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