To save the historic farmhouse, the couple create Agrihood from tiny homes

by Kirsten Dirksen

When the developers bought the land Skip Connett and Erin Flynn were farming in Austin TX, and planned to convert their fields into RV yards, the couple envisioned a plan to save their farm and add an attraction to the development. The village farm was born, which is the region’s first “agriculture”.

Instead of building a community around a golf course or swimming pool, they argued to make the farm the focal point and build small homes around so that residents could benefit from the fresh produce and views of the fields and flowers.

Village Farm was launched as “the nation’s first farming” with the mule barn in 1902 and the farm as the centerpiece, surrounded by 170 tiny homes. Skip and Erin are back to restart and manage Green Gate farms on a contractual basis; Part of this agreement is that they have a small house to live in while running the farm. While they haven’t given up their home on their largest farm in Bastrop, Texas, they feel it is important for farmers to live on the site.

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Skip and Erin just moved into their little barn-style home the day before our arrival and they gave us a tour of their new home and farm they’ve been supervising for the past fifteen years (after leaving the company jobs to become farmers).

Village Farm resident and sales manager Rebecca Bowers gave us a tour of two different models (they offer 10 options), as well as the home she shares with her family of four.

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