Specialty farms, a new model for suburban living, are springing up across the country. Farms complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees, are the new suburban amenity. These communities are blossoming in Georgia, Illinois, an Vermont. Is farm living the life for you?
As suburban sprawl took over our country, quaint farmlands gave way to cookie-cutter tract homes. Gone were the chickens, goats, and locally grown produce. Traditional housing developments, bordered with the requisite strip malls and centered around golf courses, usually include tennis courts and swimming pools. Yawn…
But now there’s a new kid in town and it has taken hold across the country with the growth in farmers’ markets and the desire for organic foods. The subdivision of the future is imbued with a pastoral, even romantic, view of farming. Farm-share residential communities are drawing buyers quietly and surely.
In traditional communities, the developer or homeowner’s association hires someone to manage the golf course. These back-to-the-farm communities of the future hire someone to run their farms. Specialty companies consult on new development and operate farms within existing communities. It couldn’t be easier to be a farmer and enjoy the fruits of your own trees.
Have you always wanted to experience farm living? Has it called to you as you commuted to your desk job, as you were wedged sardine-like in airport lines frantic to get to your vacation destination on time, only to find yourself days later back in the same line, suntanned, and stressed about your return to work?
Maybe it’s time to look into farming. At least on a shared scale.
To quote from the site sales literature of the Skokomish Farms located in Washington State with an awesome view of Mt.Ranier ~ one of the more than two hundred agricultural developments that have sprung up nationwide:
‘Have you ever dreamed about a special place where you can actually feel and touch absolute peace and quiet? Where the earth itself gives you a sense of well-being? Where the world enters only by your choice alone? As the secure entrance gates close behind you, you’re entering your own sustainable farm community… you’re entering a village around a farm.
If you’d like to sit back and watch the world go by with others doing the farming, you’re welcome to do so. Or you can share the farming life by participating in our operating farm. Your children can help raise young calves and lambs; goats need milking; and chickens range behind the livestock grazing on open pastures.
Deer and elk browse the surrounding mountainsides, eagles soar overhead riding uplifting thermals. You’ll hear the yodeling of coyotes at evening time, while otters and cranes search for small fish in the rivers.
To paraphrase an old adage, ‘You will bloom where you are planted.’ This is just part of what Skokomish Farms is all about, the rest is up to you.’
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