As interest in organic produce and sustainable lifestyle continues to rise, many have found an alternative community that meets both these needs and more just outside of the city.
Agrihoods are neighborhoods built around a working community farm or garden. Residents are encouraged to volunteer their time, but the farm is maintained by professionals who ensure the animals and produce are well cared for. It’s a new take on Community Supported Agriculture that highlights the value of local produce in promoting health while reducing carbon emissions and other industrial farming waste.
The farm-to-table lifestyle is a growing trend that has master planners incorporating some elements of agriculture into their community plans. It’s also created an opportunity for farmers like Daron Joffe to transition into the consulting business. While communities and developers alike see the value of agrihoods, they’re still working through the growing pains and learning how to keep these communities financially viable. Farms require stability and experienced management to be successful, which can take years to achieve on its own nonetheless when tied in with a residential community.
Agrihoods continue to pop up across the U.S. with some 200 communities across 28 states, and developers have no plans of stopping anytime soon. You can learn more about the goals and makeup of these communities below, courtesy of thezebra.com: