Agrihood

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Agritopia, an agrihood in Gilbert, Arizona

An agrihood is a type of planned community that integrates agriculture into a residential neighborhood. The purpose is to facilitate food production as well as provide green space, recreation, aesthetics and value for a community.[1]

The Urban Land Institute defines agrihoods as "single-family, multifamily, or mixed-use communities built with a working farm or community garden as a focus."[2]

In 2014, the term "agrihood" was first introduced by Southern California-based development company Rancho Mission Viejo LLC as a marketing trademark to target affluent millennials who wanted housing closer to fresh food.[3][4][5][6]

Agrihoods are based around the concept of integrating farms and gardens into neighborhoods, allowing for the development of residential neighborhoods that have a rural feel.[1] Integrating agriculture into neighborhoods also allows for communities to supply themselves with locally-produced food.

Real estate developers may find that introducing agriculture to their planned communities has a lower initial cost than typically offered amenities such as golf courses or swimming pools, and sets the development apart from the competition.[7][8] However, developers have also discovered that running an agricultural project is not necessarily easy, inexpensive or risk-free. The best results have come from hiring agricultural staff to run the operations, rather than allowing residents free-access and free-roam of the operation.[9][7]

As of May 2020, there were 90 agrihoods in the United States according to the Urban Land Institute.[7][10]

Urban agrihood[edit]

Some community gardens in established urban neighborhoods and urban agricultural projects have used the term "agrihood" to describe their operations. Their purposes are to reduce food insecurity and to provide fresh food resources in urban food deserts.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Giacobbe, Alyssa (September 27, 2017). "Inside the "Agrihood" Residential Real-Estate Boom". Architectural Digest. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Agrihoods: Cultivating Best Practices" (PDF). Urban Land Institute. 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Adams, Biba (November 5, 2019). "In Detroit, A New Type of Agricultural Neighborhood Has Emerged". Yes! Magazine. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  4. ^ "AGRIHOOD Trademark of Rancho Mission Viejo LLC - Registration Number 5150657 - Serial Number 87102725". Justia Trademarks. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  5. ^ Loudenback, Tanza (October 30, 2017). "Rich millennials are ditching the golf communities of their parents for a new kind of neighborhood". Business Insider. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  6. ^ White, Meg (April 26, 2017). "Inside the Agrihood Trend". Realtor Magazine. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Brass, Kevin (October 7, 2019). "What Does the Farmer Say about Agrihoods?". Urban Land Magazine. Archived from the original on October 9, 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  8. ^ Erbentraut, Joseph (August 17, 2015). "'Agrihoods' Offer Suburban Living Built Around Community Farms, Not Golf Courses". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Albright, Mary Beth (June 23, 2014). "It's a Beautiful Day in the Agrihood". National Geographic. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  10. ^ More, Melissa Erickson (May 12, 2020). "It's a beautiful day in the agrihood". Gillette News-Record. Retrieved May 18, 2020.

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