Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms

Although I do love to golf………this article  discusses a growing trend that adds a lot of positives to the idea of suburban living.

It’s called development-supported agriculture, a more intimate version of community-supported agriculture — a farm-share program commonly known as CSA. In planning a new neighborhood, a developer includes some form of food production — a farm, community garden, orchard, livestock operation, edible park — that is meant to draw in new buyers, increase values and stitch neighbors together.

21433500_s“These projects are becoming more and more mainstream,” says Ed McMahon, a fellow with the Urban Land Institute. He estimates that more than 200 developments with an agricultural twist already exist nationwide.

“Golf courses cost millions to build and maintain, and we’re kind of overbuilt on golf courses already,” he says. “If you put in a farm where we can grow things and make money from the farm, it becomes an even better deal.”

To me, the idea of building a sustainable community with neighbors working together for the common good is definitely romantic but I think it could work in this area.


This story comes to us via Harvest Public Media, a public radio reporting collaboration that focuses on agriculture and food production.

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