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  • Writer's pictureSheila Alston

Pine Dove Farms provides a healthier way of life for Tallahassee residents.

Today, more and more people are searching for healthier ways of living, and the agrihood is becoming a trend in residential development that aims to provide a new option for health-conscious homeowners. An agrihood is a planned community built around a community farm and one of the pioneers of this type of development is Pine Dove Farms, located in Tallahassee, Florida.

Photo Credit: Pine Dove Farm

We had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Wynn, the marketing agent for Pine Dove Farms, on our latest podcast. Michael shared with us the journey of developing this community, which started in 2016. At the time, the idea of creating a sustainable, planned agricultural community was a radical departure from the typical residential neighborhood development that was usually centered around a golf course or community center. Michael shared that the community faced much resistance from the county developers, who were skeptical of putting a farm in the middle of a neighborhood, after all, no one had done this before in the area. But with a lot of hard work and determination, Pine Dove Farms is now in its second phase of development, and it's clear that the communities intention to design a community that prioritizes wellness is paying off. Current residents love the easy farm-to-table lifestyle and the concept has attracted people from all over the nation to become residents of this charming farm-to-table community.

As you drive into Pine Dove Farms, the first thing you'll notice is the one-and-a-half-acre working organic and sustainable farm that has been designed and developed to have vegetables, fruits, and even chickens and roosters that lay farm fresh eggs for the residents and surrounding community. Michael shared with us that the climate in north Florida is perfect for growing many fruits and vegetables, which allows them to have rich soil and produce that is well-suited for the environment.

Photo credit: Pine Dove Farms

But Pine Dove Farms is not just about sustainable agriculture. The community has been intentionally designed to promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle. The developers have created spaces for residents to exercise, such as jogging trails and bike paths. There are also community gardens where residents can grow their own vegetables and fruits. Their second and third phases of development will include an education center where they will have workshops where to provide farming education and inspiration to learn about sustainability and to learn about the different things that you can do at home for a clean, healthy lifestyle. They also plan to build a paddle barn and kayak launch area where neighbors can rent a kayak or paddle boat to have some fun on the water.

Photo credit: Pine Dove Farms

What I find inspiring about Pine Dove Farms is that because the developer has prioritized the well-being of its residents, they made many planning decisions that ultimately benefit the resident and support healthier living. For instance, instead of squeezing as many houses as possible onto a small piece of land, the developers of Pine Dove Farms have set aside 60% of the total 200 acres to open space that will be there for Pine Dove Farms residents to enjoy for generations to come. Imagine the difference between walking around the block of a typical suburban neighborhood versus walking along hiking trails surrounded by lush greenery on your way to your neighborhood farmers market.

As we look to the future of residential development, it is evident that communities like Pine Dove Farms are becoming increasingly more and more popular. As people realize the importance of living in harmony with the environment and prioritizing their health and wellness, the demand will only grow. And developers who prioritize these values are leading the way.

To learn more about Pine Dove Farms, check out their website at

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