Johns Island's Kiawah River community is expanding! They are developing on 2,000 of vacant land to create a new part of their community that will provide its residents with a farm-to-table lifestyle. The development comes as a partnership between Johns Island working farms and Kiawah River residents. The development is expected to open in the next six to seven years with approximately 1,000 homes, though the entire community and all of its featured areas and amenities could take another 20 years to develop.
Within the development, 100 acres of land will remain farm land that grows crops and is home to cows, pigs, goats and beehives. The Kiawah River Managing Director, Carter Redd, claims that the development will be the area's first 'agrihood' which means that the community will aim to promote sustainable lifestyles in a self-sustaining community that prioritizes residents'' wellness and a strong connection to nature.
“For us, what it means is just an opportunity to pay homage, I think, to the historical roots of agriculture on John’s Island, which we think is very important,” Redd said. “We like to do things that are of place and Johns Island has such a great story to tell of farming and connection to the environment, woods and water.”
Just a few miles from Kiawah and Seabrook Island, the community will have several different neighborhoods with 20 miles of waterfront housing, amenities and 20 miles of walking trails. Freeman Farms and Rosebank Farms are two currently working farms that will remain on the land to provide residents with a true farm-to-table lifestyle. The Goatery will produce goat cheese and Three Gates Cattle, also an already existing local pasture-raising cattle company, will provide organic grass-fed beef cattle.
There will be retail stores and restaurants that also carry food from Kiawah River farms that will be open to the public and apart of the Jack Island Village. While they are still unsure of the number of retailers, they expect an outdoor outfitter, a riverside restaurant and spa. The community also anticipates hosting events such as weddings, oyster roasts, 5K races and farmers markets that will sell products directly from Kiawah River.