The developers (not me) of a new 2500 acre planned community in central Texas are looking for farmers to produce market fruits and veggies. At this point the framework is a blank slate but there is a farmer's market on the property, well or pondwater is available and several 2-10 acre sites have been identified as farm plots. They are willing to allow free use of the land to bring in the farmers they want to see and to develop their vision of a sustainable community. Organic is preferred and Permaculture would be really cool. I'm a recent PDC grad and live in the community but I'm not a farmer so I want to see if there is any interest out there. Any SPIN farmers or aspiring CSA startups looking for land? Housing and farm equipment is also available along with free Hugel and compost materials. Integrated animal systems are a possibility and any other ideas would be welcome. Some growing experience would be necessary because you would be running your own show. If interested let me know and I will make the introductions.
Location: Central Texas zone 8a, 800 chill hours 28 blessed inches of rain
posted 4 years ago
I can speak for the project beyond their website is still up. If you are looking for a place, this is good land. I own about 2 acres a little south of Millican. Good soils, good rainfall, mild winters (even by Texas standards.) It would be worth exploring. What are you looking for in a property? (size, location, livestock, crops?)
I missed this when it was originally posted; but am curious myself. I am stacked up today with a project, but will ask around later in the week to see what can be learned.
As I understand it it is a subdivision development with 1 acre lots for new home construction. They are planning a community gardens and farmers market as an amenity to the subdivision. I suspect they are looking for people to get the community "farm" going and produce crops for the "market". Nice touch but living there still comes with HOA, deed restrictions and minimum sizes for homes. Lot prices I saw were $80-$100k/Acre. There's plenty of MUCH cheaper alternatives in central TX
FWIW- I have a food forest project going in an hour north of Millican/BCS this fall. Will be hiring some part/time weekend help. Prefer a person with food forest experience/knowledge, and if you own a pickup, even better!
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