In days passed, master developers clustered their communities around lush green carpets of grass, where people with sticks took successive whacks at a small, dimpled ball while muttering utterances best not repeated in polite company. The grass quite often had replaced a cabbage patch, or cornfield, or lettuce farm. To most who lived there, it was the view, not the people with sticks or the incessant whacking, that was the attraction. Developers realized this. So now, they are returning to their roots, ditching the sticks and leaving the lettuce be, according to this report from the AP via ABC News.

Master developer The New Home Co. was looking to build a neighborhood, not just homes, and market research showed that people wanted to connect to community. So "it made lots of sense to take this 7.5-acre piece of property and turn it into an urban farm, have that be the focus point," says Kevin Carson, New Home president.

USDA carrots.
USDA carrots.

Residents can sign up for a weekly box of produce from the farm, and no matter what their level of participation they get to feel part of something, says Carson. "They can see the pumpkins being harvested or the tomatoes being planted or the different seasons that happen on a farm."

Building homes close to food sources isn't new. Back before refrigerated trucks and sophisticated delivery systems, it was the norm. But modern housing design took a different tack as suburbs sprouted around cities.

Here's more from BUILDER on the topic.

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