By Kirsten Dirksen
When developers bought the land that Skip Connett and Erin Flynn were farming in Austin, TX and planned to convert their fields into RV parks, the couple devised a plan to save their farm and add attraction to the development. Village Farm, the first “agriculture” in the region, was born.
Instead of building a community around a golf course or pool, they advocated making the farm the focal point and building tiny houses around it so that residents could benefit from fresh produce and views of fields and flowers.
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The Village Farm was established as the "first farm in the nation" with the mule barn and farmhouse from 1902 as the centerpiece, surrounded by 170 tiny houses. Skip and Erin came back to restart and contractually manage their Green Gate Farms. Part of that agreement is that they have a tiny home to live in while running the farm. Although they haven't given up their home on their larger farm in Bastrop, Texas, they feel it is important that the farmers live on-site.
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Skip and Erin had just moved into their little barn style house the day before our arrival and gave us a tour of their new home and farm they had managed for the past 15 years (after leaving their company jobs to be farmers to become).
Village Farm resident and sales manager Rebecca Powers gave us a tour of a few different models (they offer 10 options) as well as the house she shares with her family of four.
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