By Theresa D. McClellan
For the Fort Bend Star
“Gimme some more dirt daddy.”
After a day of exploring the Earth Day Extravaganza at Harvest Green where visitors petted goats, shopped at the farmers market and received wild flower sacks to plant on their property and watch bloom, the best way for 4-year Janssen Fattig to celebrate Earth Day was to be immersed in earth.
So the youngster and his 3-year-old brother Preston dove into the sand pile at the end of a road in their neighborhood where tractors were removing ground for more construction.
“He’s having a blast. I love it here,” said David Fattig as he obliged his son’s request to be buried in the sand.
Fattig lives at Harvest Green, the 1,300-acre farm-centric development located in Richmond.
On Saturday, Earth Day, community organizers celebrated Mother Nature by opening their doors to about 4,000 visitors to show that “every day is Earth Day” for residents of the planned community.
In addition to the farmers market and farm tours, it was a chance to show off to residents their newest amenity, a clubhouse called The Farmhouse. The facility features a resort-style pool and patio, fitness center, playground and patio and an amphitheater overlooking the lake.
The community has 30 acres of lakes and waterways and 280 acres of greenbelts and open spaces, a walkable trail system and a central roundabout.
Multiple vendors and food trucks were on the scene and visitors adopted six dogs and took 80 applications. They also played with baby goats and chicks since they will eventually have a chicken coop on the grounds, said Sylvia Morgese, lifestyle director.
In addition to Earth Day, it was also a time for visitors to check out the multiple model homes from new builders. Harvest Green is a combination of new homes, model homes, farmland and property under construction.
Harvest Green, owned by Johnson Development, is the company’s first planned development community centered around a community farm.