Suburban developments use farms to attract residents

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Suburban residents have opposed large-scale farms in their neighborhood before, but developers are finding they can attract residents to new neighborhoods by including a smaller operation for the community to rally around.

Farmers Suburban community farms are the latest offering by developers interested in building an area of residents with joined interests. NPR reports development-supported agriculture is a farm-share program developers are creating to attract new buyers, increase property values and mend the community together.

The farm is a budget-friendly addition for a developer to provide compared to a neighborhood pool or golf course which could cost millions to build and maintain over the years. The farms are also creating a stronger community as neighbors share common interests.

Farms include any and all of the following: livestock, orchards, vegetables and other forms of community gardens. The idea is a more intimate version of community-supported agriculture.

"These projects are becoming more and more mainstream," says Ed McMahon, a fellow with the Urban Land Institute. According to NPR, McMahon estimated at least 200 neighborhoods with some type of development-supported agriculture nationwide.

The idea is polarizing, potential buyers can be turned off, or buy in, instantly.

A development of more than 1,000 houses in Fort Collins, Colo. is planning to hire a full-time farmer to oversee the operation and plans to include a plaza for a farmers market.

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December, 17, 2013 at 02:28 PM

3.61 acres out of 240. Whoop. As per NPR audio track

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