Bringing people together through CSA memberships, camps, our farm stand, events and community partnerships has been excellent training for what we believe is the next step in community farming: creating “agrihoods” that are large enough to feed the people that live around them.
A place where neighbors know each other and their farmers. A place that addresses the challenges of access to local food, nature and companionship.
Our agrihood journey began in earnest in 2015, when Roberts Resorts purchased the property where we had farmed in east Austin for nearly ten years. Rather than lose yet another farm to development, we proposed something new – a community of sustainable Tiny Houses around our farm.
Together, with neighbors, customers, the City of Austin, TBG Landscaping, and consultants, we launched Village Farm, the first-of-its-kind agrihood. Today, our historic four-acre farm is at the heart of a new kind of community, one you are welcome to join.
To tour a Tiny House contact Village Farms' Rebecca Powers, 512-339-3793.
For consulting or a presentation about farmer-led agrihoods, contact Green Gate Farms at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Art and farming go together so well, which is why we’ve hosted everyone from painters to potters, Aztec dancers to African drummers.
Each artist enlivens the farm in their own way. Some artists leave a deep legacy. When permaculture expert, author of Deep Green and artist Jenny Nazak lived on the farm she created a free summer camp for underserved children and beautiful chalkboards that our farm stand uses today. Drummer Matt Simon gave us a much-needed respite when he took over the management of our River Farm for a couple of years.
Our long-term vision is to do more for artists, build a studio at the River Farm where they can teach, and a barn where they can perform (Arnofsky’s blue barn in Blanco and Pie Ranch are great inspiration). Until that dream is realized, we are launching Green Gate’s Artist in Residence Program beginning August 2020.
This year’s recipients are: the Buffalo Gals band, a musical duo of exceptionally talented folk singers and song writers, Melissa Carper and Rebecca Patek.
Melissa and Rebecca will be living at our River Farm, 2020-2021.
Rebecca Patek's debut album, "Come Up and Meet Me" won the 16th Independent Music Award for Best Bluegrass Album. We’ve had the pleasure of knowing Melissa Carper since her Carper Family Band performed at our Hootenanny in 2011. The distinctive, high-lonesome sound of the song Melissa wrote — “Old Sweet Home” — is a favorite of ours. You can take a listen (and purchase) their “Brand New Old-Time Songs” here.
Tune in every Wednesday night 6:30pm CST
Buffalo Gals Band are doing a live stream from our FB page!
Supporting performing artists is especially important now that venues are closed and tours are cancelled. You are encouraged to donate via their live stream. Thanks for all of your support!