These Food-Centric Developments are Bringing the City to the Suburbs
While “foodie” culture has been the driving force behind green roofs, demonstration kitchens, and farmers markets at several residential buildings in metro cities for the past few years, a slew of new, mixed-use developments are putting a fresh spin on suburban, farm- centric neighborhoods by offering food- and health-focused developments that still maintain a big-city, urban feel.
Made up four districts that radiate from its village square, Fayetteville, Ga.’s planned Pinewood Forrest offers micro-cottages, mews, and tree homes in addition to age-targeted and traditional townhomes or single-family homes. A “startup incubator” is one of its community amenities, in addition to farm-to-table restaurants, community gardens, and an on-site wellness center.
A new farm-to-table development in Davis, Calif., The Cannery supports active lifestyles with its spas, miles of bike paths, and a communal gathering barn. Plus, a farm run by the Center for Land-Based Learning teaches planting and harvesting to the roughly 135 families who currently call The Cannery home.
The Houston area’s first “agri-hood,” Harvest Green, is situated on a 1,300-acre lot in suburban Houston. The residential community provides access to an on-site farm, communal gardens, and personal “ready-to-grow” backyards. An event barn hosts chef- instructed culinary classes and farm-to-table dinners.