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Seann Dory and Suzy Keown have been hired to farm 50 acres of land in a new housing development at Tsawwassen, B.C. | Barbara Duckworth photo An ambitious new construction project in British Columbia’s lower mainland integrates urban and rural interests TSAWWASSEN, B.C. — When Sean Hodgins walks down the new sidewalks of the Southlands subdivision and watches new homes rising out of the sandy soil, his vision extends beyond another new suburb in British Columbia’s lower mainland. The president of the Century Group, a family owned real estate development company, sees an “agrihood” where a community of 950 homes edges up to a forest and large urban farm at Tsawwassen. “The vision is how to create a community that integrates farming and food,” he said. The land has been in his family for a long time. Over the years, he has seen more power lines, highways and housing developments usurping farmland. He wanted something different. The plan is to build a sustainable, profitable farm in the middle of an urban environment, said Hodgins. “We are going to treat the farm as a business as much as possible,” he said. “If the economics of farming doesn’t work, then farming […]

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