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Farm to Your Table? How 'Agrihoods' Can Create Access to Fresh Food

Developers hoping to break ground on a housing complex next year in Santa Clara, Calif., are soliciting potential residents by offering a quirky but increasingly popular perk. It's not a golf course, health club or even a pet spa. The big draw will be a farm and access to all the tomatoes, zucchini and kale you can eat.

The "Agrihood" development plan heading to the Santa Clara City Council for a vote as early as next month calls for 361 homes and a small farm to be built on vacant land near the San Jose border. If the council approves the proposal, it would introduce the Bay Area to a trend taking the national real estate world by storm.

"We are seeing a lot of interest in this concept," said Ed McMahon, a sustainable development expert with the Washington-based Urban Land Institute. "I get a call at least once a week, and probably have for the last year about this."

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