Homebuilders Thinking About Local Foods Too

Posted on April 28, 2015 by

I recently saw an interesting article about homebuilders getting in on the trend towards local foods and catering to foodies via "agrihoods".

Farms > Golf Courses

Apparently real estate developers are incorporating agriculture in their plans for building housing developments. They're joining forces with farmers to grow produce and raise livestock as part of the development. One, in Virginia, set aside 2000 acres - roughly 1 acre for each home built.

Community farms are growing in popularity among residents and developers.

This is all part of a plan to lure buyers who are interested in fresh ingredients and parents who want to raise their children eating organic foods. For the developers, it's 20% of the cost to develop a golf course, and the benefits are many times as great.

Local Food Trends

It's really interesting to see how local food and farming trends are expanding to other industries. The farms are used for the residents to eat, but they also have outdoor stands for selling some of the produce to locals as well as restaurants.

Some of the farms run at a deficit, but have plans to break even over the next few years as they expand sales to more residents, markets, and restaurants. Other developments have plans to include breweries, farm to table restaurants and cafes.

The Small Foods Business Perspective

From a small food business perspective, this opens opportunities for more people to be exposed to starting small food businesses. Whether it's fresh produce, salsas, jams, or local meal and produce delivery services, the opportunities are really interesting for these residents and communities. I can see lots more businesses being started by retirees, families, and even kids as they get closer to their food and realize the benefits.

What do you think? Is this good or bad? What do you think will come out of this for the small food business world?

About Lev Berlin

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Lev Berlin is the founder & CEO of ReciPal. Having previously been a founder of SlantShack Jerky, he needed nutrition labels and simple tools to start and run the business. He's read the FDA food labeling code countless times in the process of creating ReciPal and helping small food businesses with their labels. He's reviewed and created thousands of food labels, and been a mentor and guest speaker at food incubators, food business courses, and regulatory conferences, like Brooklyn Foodworks and ICE.

After graduating from Princeton with an engineering degree, Lev was a management consultant, then founder or early employee at half a dozen startups. He loves nothing more than helping other small businesses get off the ground and achieve their goals.

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