Home sites designed to connect residents to

food, the earth, and each other.

 

Creekside Farms is a neighborhood designed around engaging in local food, community, and ecological sustainability. Through the seed library, community members can get locally adapted, genetically diverse, and non-GMO seeds for free to start their own gardening or hobby farming project. Each site provides the space to build your dream home and participate in agriculture in some way, while preserving the beautiful wetland and forests on the site. Our design firm, Urban Energy Works, will be overseeing the neighborhood and creating bylaws in partnership with the members of the community. For more information about the home sites at Creekside Farms that are able to be reserved, please see "Availabilities" in the upper right hand corner. To learn more about what's going on at Creekside Farms, continue reading below.

Thank you for joining us on this journey!

 

More than just a subdivision.

 

Creekside Farms is more than just a subdivision – it's an agricultural neighborhood, which means that each home will be participating in agriculture in some way, such as vegetable gardening, raising livestock, or keeping bees. We know that jumping into an agricultural project can be difficult, but you won't be going it alone! Creekside has many features that are available to you to make the journey a bit easier. 

 

 
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Seed Library 

 an exercise in Local food sustainability 

For millennia, farmers have been saving their seeds to use the next growing season. Currently, however, big ag companies like Monsanto own 98% of the seeds on the market. Creekside Farms fights back against this by having an onsite seed library. In order to invest into Creekside, residents must not only pay a deposit, but donate non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds (organic isn't required, but is highly encouraged!) to the seed library. Each growing season, the seed library provides free, locally adapted, genetically diverse seeds to start your dream agricultural project. In a "borrow, grow, return" model, the seeds that are taken from the seed bank can be returned from the mature fruits, veggies, herbs, and flowers from whence they came. At the end of the growing season, the seeds are packaged in air tight containers and stored in a fridge in the tool shed to ensure that they are preserved and ready for the next growing season. 


Resource Center 

Tool and knowledge sharing  

The tool shed at Creekside Farms is communal, meaning that any tool that is in the shed is available for use by the residents. Tools range from traditional agricultural tools such as spades and hoes to tools suited for home improvement projects. There is also a small library that will contain informational booklets on how to dry, store, and package seeds for the seed library. A "recommended book list" will list out helpful books about permaculture, vegetable gardening, etc. that any residents can purchase and add to the library. The library is not limited to agricultural books, however! Any children's books, or non-fiction/fiction novels make fun additions. 


The Bylaws

Created for you by you

As with most neighborhoods, Creekside Farms is managed by a Homeowners Association that comes with its own set of bylaws. Urban Energy Works will be overseeing the association for the first few years, however the bylaws are going to be created in a partnership with the community members at Creekside Farms. You could have a direct hand in deciding the priorities and structure of the management of your neighborhood. 

Rural living close to urban amenities. 

 

Creekside Farm is in Dexter, Michigan and is around a 15 minute car ride to downtown Ann Arbor. Residents who live at Creekside Farm have easy access to jobs centers in the surrounding areas, grocery stores, and other urban amenities in a rural setting.