AGRIHOODS & COMMUNITY GARDENS: Cultivating Best Practices for Developments
Come join ULI San Antonio for an interactive Lunch and Learn as we explore the mutually beneficial relationship between food-based amenities – such as working farms and community gardens – and real estate.
Agrihoods are residential or mixed-use developments built with a working farm or garden as a focus. In master-planned communities, farms are replacing golf courses as a healthier and more sustainable amenity that can support an attractive return on investment. At this session, inspired by ULI’s report Agrihoods: Cultivating Best Practices,
you will hear strategies and best practices for Agrihood and Community Garden design, development and maintenance.
MORE ABOUT OUR SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS
Fred Balda, President, Hillwood Communities
Hillwood Communities President, Fred Balda, will present highlights on the success of Harvest
, a 1,000 acre master-planned, mixed-use development located in Northlake/Argyle, Texas based on an agrarian lifestyle. Harvest is based on Hillwood’s five LiveSmart design principles of sense of community, technology, healthy living, environmental stewardship and education. One of those smart design principles is having the community’s own Harvest Farmer onsite to grow fresh, organic farm-to-table produce at the Community Farm. Fred will describe the key features of the development that made it so successful and lessons learned for future farm-based communities. Harvest was honored with the 2019 Community of the Year by the Dallas Builders Association.Scott Snodgrass, Founding Principal, Agmenity
Agmenity is an organization that specializes in the design, development and management of agricultural amenities within real estate projects on behalf of developers, homeowner’s associations, master planned communities, and commercial enterprises. Agmenity has a core expertise in designing, budgeting, installing, marketing, and managing agricultural amenities (Agrihoods) within master planned communities. Scott is a passionate food grower interested in seeing agriculture change the way we relate to our neighbors. By incorporating agriculture directly into neighborhoods and places of work, Agmentity gives people a new sense of connection to their food, and to each other. Agmenity staff will discuss the maintenance and operations required for these farm-based communities, like Harvest Green
Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert
Debra Dockery, FAIA
Find out from a local perspective about how some of these concepts are being applied today in San Antonio, including the Greenies Urban Farm that is under design on the East Side of San Antonio. The Greenies Urban Farm will provide a new home for the Bexar County Agrilife Extension on the East side of San Antonio. This new location creates the perfect setting for one of Bexar County’s programs, educating the community in Urban Farming in their backyard.