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Looking Through the Glass: The Orangerie at Southall

Whether by discovery of weary explorers or a simple gift for deep-hollow Appalachian children at Christmas time, the sweet orange has warmed hearts for many centuries. Looking back through the annals of time, the story of how citrus made its way to the new world may be just as romantic.

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Moments of Stillness: The Winter Solstice

The arrival of winter at Southall is significant, perhaps more so this year than ever before. The rise of the Cold Moon brings the hibernal solstice, the shortest day of the year, the same symbolic death and rebirth of the sun in 2021 that has been marked by nature since…

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The Timeless Teacher: Taking the Orchard to the Brewery

Among all of the vital lessons of 2021, we’ve come to realize that 1,300 apple trees can produce an impressive volume of fruit. In the early years after the orchard was planted, we removed the budding apples to inspire the trees to focus instead on root and branch development,…

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Cultivating Carolina Gold: The Best Rice You’ve Never Tasted

Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, Chef Tyler Brown couldn’t help but be intrigued by history. As his interests began shifting toward culinary pursuits, they translated easily to the study of our southern foodways and their origins. Back then, a small cadre of locals was focused on the prospect of…

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