If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might have seen me post about a new development happening in Weber County called Terakee Farm. This unique community is the first of its kind in Utah, and I truly believe it is going to be a game changer. I met with the Terakee Team over coffee to chat about their vision, community and how an HR professional from Weber County became the creator of a farm to table community.
Tell me about the inspiration behind Terakee Farms, where did this idea come from?
Lindy- It was actually my dad’s idea. We’ve had some river property that’s been in our family for a really long time. About ten years ago he started sketching out this idea for a community. At first, it started out as an equestrian theme, and it evolved from there. The ordinances out there didn’t allow for this type of community, so it took a few years before the ordinances were changed. Brad, my father, actually worked for two years to personally change those ordinances so this community could happen
Michael- It’s funny because when people hear about Terakee Farms, they assume Lindy and myself started this, or it was our idea, and it’s funny because Brad came to us with the idea out of the blue one day and asked us what we thought about it.
Lindy- He grew up in Utah, in Weber country actually but he worked in Seattle, and I think he saw these kinds of communities and realized it wasn’t available in Utah.
Michael- His personality is to help. He wants to strive to make a difference, to make a community better and not just come in a build.
Tell me about the development, what are some unique features that will be in place at Terakee?
Michael- Our vision for Terakee is to be a local food hub and what that means is we will be producing a lot of vegetables, fruits and local product on the site. It’s going to be available not only to residents but to the greater community. We want to take the Saturday farmers market model and replicate that 7 days a week in a brick and mortar building where locals can buy and sell local meats, cheese, produce… It’s really important to us because if you look at some of the USDA research on low income and low access areas in Northern Utah, you’ll see that there is a line straight down East of i-15 in Harrisville. That’s a pretty big green area located on their map overlay, and that’s marked as a low income/low access area to food or food desert. This was a huge motivation to us, we want to offer our residents food but also the people in these low access areas. We also wanted to show that you can live in a luxury environment and still be close and connected to your food.
What’s the difference between Terakee Farm and Terakee Village
Lindy- Terakee Farm will have the Equestrian Center and some of the farming going on. It will have a nice river walking trail system where you can ride horses. We have bigger lots on the farm than the village; some lots have up to an acre of land. On the village, we will have more of the agri-tourism aspects of the plan where the food hub and market, botanical garden and even an assisted living facility will be. They are about a mile apart.
Michael- The agricultural arts center is basically going to be a small one-screen movie theater.
How is Terakee going to be different that a regular community development?
Lindy- The biggest thing in our plans is the preservation of open space and the Walkability to amenities like a restaurant, bakery, cafe and of course the farm.
Michael- You can stroll through, meet your neighbors or get a coffee. We’ve done a lot of technical things like tucking garages in the back and creative things with road setbacks so homes are closer to the road and you can have a conversation with your neighbor across the street or someone on the sidewalk. We are trying to create a real community that encourages people to get out and to interact.
Lindy- We want diversity and options for all kinds of people and lifestyle choices.
Five years from now what do you hope Terakee farms will be like?
Lindy- We are actually looking at this as a ten-year plan so hopefully half way through that we’d like to see the farm up and running and people receiving CSA baskets and landscaping done along the river and trail. We would like to see people utilizing it the way we envision it being utilized. We want the entire aesthetic done in 5 years so people can use the open space and when they are outside they can see the native plants.
Michael- I’d say in 5 years we will have the market up and running, the agricultural art center up, the trails made and maintained, and we have a productive organic farm running. The people that buy homes there first will definitely have to use their imagination and understand that it’s going to get done but not at once.
Lindy- We’ve always said from the beginning we are happy to take input and to hear from people and to implement ideas. We want involvement and feedback from our community. This is a one time deal for us, and we want to do it right. We want to do it thoughtfully, and that’s why we are taking ten years and going in stages. We are even working with the University of Utah to make sure the ecological preservation is on point.
Is there anything else that you are excited about happening at Terakee Farm?
Lindy- Oh! We acquired another 14 Acres down the road from Terakee Village, and it will be a part of that development. Half of that will be dedicated to a charter school that will be agriculturally focused and the other half will be a community park.
Michael- The best way for people to learn more besides following us on social media is to just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll get one of us and not a robot, and we are happy to answer questions.
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