Utah was settled by determined innovators who blazed a path that would assist in the settlement of the entire Western United States. By developing irrigation systems, Utah settlers made it possible to live on land that was previously thought to be too difficult to inhabit.
Some of these settlers lived and farmed on the very land where Terakee Farm and Terakee Village are located today.
Needless to say, taking on new ideas and adapting to a new or changing climate is in Utah’s DNA. Today in Utah, population growth along the Wasatch Front is happening rapidly and there is a need right now to make sure that happens in the best way possible.
At Terakee Farm, we believe that preserving open space and developing a sustainable living environment for residents go hand-in-hand. These two components are essential to ensuring that growth happens in a way that will not harm the heritage of the area.
This concept is in-line with what early Utahn’s valued as they built their communities. According to Utah Historical Quarterly, the first Utahns valued diverse small-scale agriculture and communal support of those living nearby. Salt Lake City itself was described as “very much part of America’s urban surge, yet it remained a city the heart of which was committed to rural values and farm-based stability.”
This value system shifted for several reasons in the late 1800s. Along with the rest of the country, Utah’s small-scale farms turned into large scale operations and community growth began so rapidly that careful planning became difficult. Today we are beginning to see the negative impacts of this approach all over the country with virtually no open-space being preserved when community developments go in, and very little food being grown and sold directly within communities.
We want to preserve Utah’s early legacy and go back to our roots. Experts agree that this approach is the way to ensure communities can sustain themselves in the future.
As growth continues to happen and actively conserving the environment is essential, Terakee Farm and Terakee Village are dedicated to doing our part in the following ways:
Preserving open spaces and local ecology: Nearly half of our land will be preserved as open space. These spaces will be a mixture of wild areas to preserve local habitats, parks, trails and an onsite farm. We are working closely with the University of Utah and other experts to ensure this is all done in the best possible way so we can protect as much open space as possible.
Conserving Water: Utah is an arid desert region, and we respect that. Within our communities we will prioritize drought tolerant and native landscaping practices. We will also continue working with the best in the industry to use water carefully along the river property and in all of our farming practices.
Sustainable living: Our communities will have access to fresh food that has been grown sustainably onsite. This allows residents to make healthy lifestyle choices with nutritionally dense food available right at home. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions as our small-scale agricultural practices will require very little to no heavy machinery, and long-distance transport of our food will not be necessary.
Value on community: By providing onsite retail, and appealing shared community spaces, residents will be inclined to interact with and develop meaningful relationships with one another. When neighbors know and care for one another it creates safer communities. According to the CDC, these relationships can have a major impact on reducing crime rates and promoting individual wellbeing.
Innovation for the future and Low Impact Development Techniques: We will always do our part to protect the environment and the integrity of the land by looking to the best innovations and practices available to us. Preservation of vital open space is a top priority.
As we move forward in building our new communities, we are pulling lessons from our history to ensure that growth in Weber County can happen without sacrificing all of our open spaces or the historical integrity of the area.