The Farm at South Mountain was a pioneer in sustainability a century before it became an everyday concept. Dwight Heard, benefactor of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, acquired the surrounding property in the early 1920s with the knowledge that its naturally rich riverbed soil made it perfect for self-sufficiency. While he sold many of the two-acre parcels off, it was the 10 acres just south of Southern and 32nd Street that would eventually evolve into the Farm at South Mountain—planted with 100 pecan trees by a colorful retired cattleman, Skeeter Coverdale, and purchased 40 years later by Wayne Smith, who cultivated a charming mix of gardens, artist studios, and markets.
The Farm’s current owner, Pat Christofolo, has been a key figure in the Phoenix restaurant scene for more than 30 years. With her expertise and passion in the sustainable culinary industry, she helped to develop the three current restaurants and two event venues on the property—an international destination that hosts more than 200 events and 100,000 visitors a year.
Soil & Seed Garden
While walking the path to Quiessence, a visit to Soil & Seed Garden at The Farm is an absolute must. This magnificent, lush garden, located on the north side of the property and overseen by Chef Dustin Christofolo, is the crown jewel of Quiessence—emphasizing the connection between organic-style, freshly harvested produce and your unique dining experience.
Using sustainable growing practices, Soil & Seed Garden produces the vegetables, greens, herbs, and edible flowers that are used throughout the menu each evening. Diners at Quiessence experience the freshest ingredients available, with items being harvested just hours before dinner—providing the most authentic garden-to-table dining experience in Phoenix.
From black Spanish radishes to basil blossoms and Delicata Squash to sugar snap peas, Soil & Seed Garden at The Farm grows truly Arizona produce that is showcased in each creative dish at Quiessence, as well as its sister restaurants at The Farm: Morning Glory Café and The Farm Kitchen.