Agrihood – The Farm

An Agrihood Community

What is Agrihood and why is it essential to the South Village story?

An agrihood is a community that is built around a farm. The focus is on organic farm to table produce and programs. There are tangible health and wellness benefits for the community members with the easy access to farm fresh food and development of a shared community resource.

South Village is an agrihood that uniquely combines farming, residences, providing a great experience for young and old alike.

The Farm at South Village

At the heart of South Village is a 12-acre organic farm that plays a vital role in connecting South Village residents to local food production, land stewardship programs, open space with amazing views, and a seasonal community space for everyone to gather.

The Farm to Table story works in several ways at South Village. Farmstand Monday Evenings offer residents the opportunity to purchase fresh seasonal produce, share a potluck meal, and volunteer with farm and garden chores if desired. You can also buy veggies through subscription. Summer programs include raised beds for gardening and chicken tending..

Some Residents Participate in the Intervale Food Hub at the Farm at South Village

Community members can visit the Intervale Food Hub (FSV) website to sign up for the seasonal offerings. Drop off is ‘under the tent’ at the farm. The Intervale provides farm fresh and locally made foods year round on a subscription basis.

Farm Manager: Reese Baker

The Farm at South Village is under the guidance and leadership of Reese Baker. Reese holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ecological Agriculture from New College of California. He has made a livelihood as a farmer, educator and landscape designer/builder in Northern California, Vermont and Florida. Reese has worked with a number of successful organic farms producing food for CSA’s, farm to school programs, restaurants, farmer’s markets and retail distributors such as Whole Foods. Reese is also an experienced landscape designer/builder with a special focus on edible landscapes and permaculture and owner of Village Farms and Gardens with Schuyler Timmons.

To inquire about his landscaping services, contact him at reesecbaker@gmail.com or 802-355-0423.

Community Stewardship

South Village residents also enjoy a myriad of community stewardship programs.

  • Families join together, on rotation, to collectively help with taking care of the laying hens up at the Farm and receive a dozen eggs per week for each family.
  • Residents can also sign-up to enjoy gardening in rented raised beds as part of the community garden.
  • Residents compost their household food scraps and dispose of home yard debris.
  • The Farm at South Village offers opportunities for anyone to help out and volunteer celebrate community by contributing with needed help out in the farm fields and high tunnels green houses.

At the peak of summer, there is nothing better, than to hang out under the tent, our community space, feed the chickens some food scraps, watch kids run around, get your hands dirty in the soil, take in the view of the lake and surrounding mountains, pick some flowers from your own garden and hear the hawks soaring overhead!

For more information on the Community Stewardship opportunities, residents of South Village should contact the South Village Stewardship Committee.

Common Roots

Common Roots is a non-profit organization based in South Burlington, providing opportunities for youth and other members of the local community to grow and enjoy eating healthy food at home and at school. They play an integral role in both farming at South Village and sharing their harvest with the community and local schools. Common Roots offers the farmers market on Mondays and hosts the Monday evening potlocks!. Learn more at www.commonroots.org.

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