Farm-themed neighborhood taking root in South Florida
A South Florida community is going from neighborhood to agrihood.
The 2,000-home project called Arden, which integrates agriculture into a residential neighborhood, is under construction near West Palm Beach with a 5-acre working farm that will grow tropical fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. It’s in the town of Loxahatchee, reports the Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Agrihoods are popping up across the country as developers choose to create rural living. One in Willowsford, Va., is 4,000 acres in size, with half the land set aside for preservation and a 300-acre working farm.
Arden is considered the first farm-themed community in South Florida. A similar community has gone up in Tallahassee.
Arden residents will be encouraged to help two directors plant and tend the crops, and share in the harvest.
Four developers are permitted to buy homesteads and build in the community.
About 120 townhome units will eventually be constructed; the rest will be single-family homes. The first homes closed in October 2017. About 115 homes have been sold so far among the four builders.
Officials said the farm directors will decide what is best to grow in Florida – tropical fruits, carrots, tomatoes and flowers.