BOZEMAN – A new 100+ acre master-planned, mixed-use agrihood community project called Urban Farm is set to break ground in Bozeman and aims to set a new precedent for active, sustainable development. Located west of South Cottonwood Road on the former Norton Ranch, the site will include a mix of residential units, office, retail and commercial use spaces. A greenhouse, edible landscape and community garden project will aim to grow enough produce to provide CSA memberships for residents as well as the adjacent café and restaurant.
The project focuses on honoring the Gallatin Valley’s historic agricultural roots and incorporating aspects of sustainability with an eye for walkability and bikeability, a trail network and the plans for on-site vertical harvest farming.
“This project will help embrace and celebrate the farming history of the Gallatin Valley,” said Eric Ladd, founder and managing partner of OREP, Outlaw Real Estate Partners. Priorities with the project are not only to honor the land, but also to provide a haven for those who value an active, healthy lifestyle, he added. “As we go through these changes our goal with Urban Farm was to find a way to integrate that fabric of farming into a community. I hope it inspires more thoughtful development as the area changes.”
The project aims to engage a healthy modern approach to urban agricultural opportunities by offering a year-round greenhouse where residents can bask among live plants, even in Montana’s coldest months. Farm Consultant Xan Jarecki is helping coordinate these efforts with OREP.