Agriburbia with Matthew "Quint" Redmond
originator Matthew “Quint” Redmond believes that food production should
be directly integrated within urban development.
He will speak on “Agriburbia: Combining Neighborhood Design with our Growing Need to Produce our own Food,” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.
Redmond, co-founder of the Golden, Colorado-based design firm TSR Group, speaks at venues across the nation on his urban farming and development concept. He and his wife, Jennifer, a biologist and planner, have completed multiple projects grounded in the Agriburbia™ philosophy.
“It’s really an economic and cultural model that combines agrarianism and contemporary design with environmentally sound real estate development,” Redmond says. “We’re trying to figure out a way to facilitate a more Jeffersonian type of living style for people so they can do multiple things. You can be a computer programmer, but you still own a steward lot in an Agriburbia™ subdivision and produce fruits and vegetables for commercial reasons or for your own use.”
Agricultural production within residential development can take the form of individual vegetable gardens or community agricultural projects or larger agricultural enterprises. His Platte River Village project in Milliken, Colo., focuses on growing grapes and producing wine while providing for nearly 1,000 dwelling units on 618 acres.
In Rowan County, initial zoning and development has been approved for the Farmstead, a 126-acre tract of land near Granite Quarry, which is designed to employ Agriburbia principles.
The presentation is free and open to the public, but registration is required. A reception will follow the presentation.