'Agrihood' to open in 2016 near Durham
Posted August 25, 2015
Nestled about 20 minutes outside of downtown Durham is a 230-acre farm and development project with 141 home sites. Instead of surrounding the site with a golf course, the Bahama neighborhood will host a community farm.
Concepts like the community in Bahama, referred to as an “agrihood,” have been springing up nationwide and will be available to Triangle residents by 2016, according to developer Rick Bagel.
“Anything you would see at the farmers market,” Bagel said. “We will be growing it here at Wetrock Farm.”
Bagel said the farm will be open to the public, not just property residents.
"People across the street, people in town, school groups, people that want to learn more about food,” Bagel said. “We hope it's going to be a good example."
Wetrock Farms will be unique for other reasons, too. Not only will professional farmers work the land, but home owners will get produce delivered to their front door weekly.
"Fresh produce, as fresh as it gets because it's from your own neighborhood garden,” Bagel said. “People get a real return on the land that they are looking to, and kind of get a real sense of community and be in touch with nature as well."
Bagel said the project was met with some pushback from nearby residents fearful of such a large development.
The plan is to break ground on the infrastructure by early 2016 and homes will start around $300,000, according to Bagel.