Agape Agrihood has a communal barn in the center of the
development owned by the Wiebelhaus family. Curt Wiebelhaus
said the barn will house horses and operate similarly to
commercial horse boarding houses in the area.
OF MUKWONAGO — The town of Mukwonago is now home to possibly the
first “Agrihood” in the state of Wisconsin, a 36-acre farming-
type residential community that offers a ‘life on the farm’
experience with the proximity of a tight-knit community.
and Jodi Wiebelhaus, who own Agape Agrihood, LLC, are the minds
behind bringing the more than $1 million agrihood layout to the
southwest corner of Highway NN and Red Brae Drive in the town of
not familiar with the agrihood model can imagine a cluster of
homes with a garden, barn and pastor serving as the center of the
subdivision as opposed to a golf course, for example. Or, a
mixed-use development of sorts that some have described as the
intersection of rural America and suburbia.
development includes an apple orchard, more than one mile of
walking and horse riding trails, horse or small farm animal
boarding in the on-site barn, over 14 acres of open space, and
seasonal canning and garden harvest classes for the community,
according to the Agape Agrihood website.
neighborhood is composed of 10 1.5 acre lots ranging in price from
$125,500 to $130,500. The minimum single- floor home would be
1,800 square feet in size and the minimum two-story home would be
2,200 square feet.
Agape Agrihood is a 36-acre mixed-use development with 10
homes and a communal area that includes a garden, chicken
coops, a horse barn and more. The above photo is just a
rendering and the actual structures, layout and landscape
Wiebelhaus is the developer of the Agape Agrihood, he’s also in
the process of building a home for his family within the
community. Wiebelhaus said he first discovered the agrihood
concept while looking for a hobby farm for his wife and their
three kids. What Wiebelhaus found is that this style of
development offers the experience of getting to know neighbors
through a communal area and a unique environment for raising
children, but without being tied down with owning an entire farm,
motivation was to find a place to live that had all those pieces
to it,” Wiebelhaus said. “The people that have bought lots all
have young families and I think that’s a big piece of it too.
They want to give their kids a different experience and teach some
of those responsibilities that are tough to teach without having
family will have the opportunity to use the chicken coops, a
livestock barn and a communal garden, but the level of involvement
is up to the family.
will be opportunities for the kids to do chicken chores and
collect eggs,” Wiebelhaus said. “Maybe it’ll be just a day a
week that they sign up for. Some people don’t plan on having
animals and the like the idea of having the animals in the
backyard as far as the atmosphere.”
will have to pay dues through a community association, which will
cover the normal maintenance costs that would be found in suburbs.
As far as communal services, those are pricedbased on the level of
both the agrihood and locally grown concepts gaining traction
across the nation, Wiebelhaus suspects that developments similar
to his will become more common. If all goes well, he may branch
out and begin similar developments in Waukesha County he said.