But enough about us—and onto Southall itself. Why is it called Southall, anyway? It’s simple enough, really: The area where we built was historically known as Southall, and there is a historical marker with the name right outside the property. The idea of the farm is to work with nature, to work with what’s already there. Why not continue that mindset with the name?
Eight years and 325 acres later, The Farm at Southall is pursuing a sustainable facility while farming with best practices. Wells have been dug for geothermal heating and cooling. Heritage seeds have been planted. There is an orchard with 40+ varietals of apple trees and two traditional greenhouses. And all of that is in addition to a hydroponic greenhouse, a farm stand, grazing areas, kitchen gardens, 5+ miles of trails, row crops, flower gardens, and apiaries (4 million bees producing 1,000 pounds of award-winning honey a year).
A particular point of pride is that rainwater is collected 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 Southall remain self-sufficient for its irrigation, disconnected from the municipal water supply whenever possible. I’m very happy to say that Southall has achieved that goal, watering the crops and landscape through this natural cycle and turning to town water only when absolutely necessary.
Southall is combining state-of-the-art farming techniques with farming philosophies from over a century ago, growing a wide range of heirloom varietals chosen by the chefs and farmers for the taste and feel on the palate. Our produce is grown in a way that nourishes the earth, in order to continue to provide the best food we can for many years to come. We also partner with the local farming community to offer guests beef, pork, poultry, and dairy.
There is a lot of programming in the works for guests to enjoy as well, including a ropes obstacle course in the trees with zip lines, mountain biking trails, archery, canoeing, falconry, fishing, and whatever else we may dream up.
Even our spa has a unique Southall twist: The Spa at Southall features many natural ingredients that are found right on the property. It truly is something special, a luxurious, high-end experience that allows us to care for our guests as well as we care for the land around them.
Southall is a resort, of course, but it’s still a farm at its core. It’s a place we envisioned as somewhere people could come and stay to share the farm and all it has to offer—to fully enjoy a deep dive into a culinary seed-to-table experience. You’ll find a 62-room inn along with 16 cottages, the farm and trails surrounding you with beauty. You might discover pop-up events pretty much anywhere on the property. This is an experiment in immersive hospitality and a giant picnic at the same time, something as unique as it is delightful.
Here, anyone can be a part of what we grow, how we care for it, and how we serve it up. Eat the food. Listen to the music. Walk the trails. Take a spa day! At Southall, you’ll feel nurtured by nature, no matter what you do. That’s the point of this dream, which has now become a reality. We cannot wait to welcome you here!