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Mason Bees: The Stars of Strawberry Season

Sweet, succulent strawberries are in season at Southall for the next few weeks, and the patch is buzzing with hundreds of new workers brought in to help ensure we make the most of the first fruits to ripen in middle Tennessee. Recruited last spring, these laborers have been waiting all…

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Around the Table: Discovering the Bambara Ground Nut

After discovering a reference to the bambara ground nut, a complete protein “superfood” of West African origin that had been essentially lost to the world’s major food systems, we wanted to know more. A legume that is akin to a peanut and not far from a chickpea, the bambara fixes…

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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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