Agroland is proposal for a reconsidered form of agricultural settlement that seeks to reinforce the culture of local food production and family farming while reconciling the economies of food production. By analyzing traditional homestead farms and various aspects of industrialized agriculture practices, the project arrives at innovative hybrid models of Modular Homesteads and small-scale, high-productivity Enhanced Farming Outfits. Located on the proposed South Coast Railroad halfway between Boston and the coastal city of New Bedford, Agroland is strategically connected to the rail and road networks of Massachusetts. Within Agroland, everyday foods are produced alongside artisanal products. These hybrid models in combination with the reprioritization of the regional commuter culture augment each others’ capacity for economic development and new social formations. Agroland will not only serve as a regional market and distribution center, but will export new models of living and food culture, ultimately attracting a diverse constituency of individuals who wish to live, work, shop and learn in and around it.
Agroland is phased to remediate the site of a former dog racing track and parking lot. Bamboo fields and retention ponds at the northern limits not only construct a buffer zone between the crops and the wooded swamps, but provide building materials for the barns. The field is organized into modular bands of crops and divided into multiple plot sizes which accommodate various systems of farming and living.
The homesteads – mobilized by a grid system of tracks and powered by the solar field across the road – are able to move freely throughout the farm and bring their crops to the proper processing and distribution terminus buildings. The living and farming containers can assemble into multiple configurations based on necessity of workflow or family size.