'Agrihoods': Suburban Living Built Around Community Farms
Categories: Homes / Dwellings
Ever wish you could live at your CSA? Or move to a neighborhood where everyone is as excited about fresh, healthy food as you are?
All over the United States people are embracing local food production in an exciting new way. Called 'agrihoods,' this new type of neighborhood serves up farm-to-table living in a cooperative environment. Instead of being built around a pool, tennis court or golf course, these housing developments are centered around a farm, often using the sweat-equity of residents to create a sustainable food system for the entire community.
The communities are nothing new, but as the rapidly growing crop of agrihoods demonstrates, families are eager to reimagine these collaborative efforts in a new setting--often at the same or lower prices than a traditional suburban neighborhood.
Here are a few established or planned communities so you can learn more about how this trend encourages sharing, collaboration, and a healthier, more environmentally-friendly diet.
Agrihoods That Are Building (and Feeding) Sustainable Communities:
Located well inside the Phoenix metro area, Agritopia features 450 residential lots along with commercial, agricultural, and open space tracts. All are specifically designed to reduce physical, social and economic barriers to relationships between neighbors. The central feature is a working farm complete with lambs, chickens, a citrus grove and rows of heirloom vegetables.
Serenbe is a 1,000 acre community located under 30 minutes from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson
International Airport. The develpment's four omega-shaped hamlets are carefully fitted into the natural landscape forming an interface between green, wetland and watershed areas of the site and the surrounding sloping hills. Central to all is Serenbe Farms, a 25-acre working, organic farm and CSA which provides organic produce for Serenbe's three on-site restaurants as well as other businesses throughout Atlanta and The Chattahoochee Hill Country.
Located in Grayslake, Illinois, this agrihood was designed to combine the preservation of open land, easy commuting by rail, and responsible development practices. In addition to shops, a charter school that emphasizes environmental education and global citizenship, and stables, Prairie Crossing is known for its 100-acre working organic farm which is working to launch the next generation of farmers to grow organic food for the Chicago region.
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