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Have You Heard About The Agrihood Trend?

It's popular with Milllenials and the Urban Land Institute estimates there are now 140 agrihood developments in the U.S. Growing, preparing, and eating food is important as a social activity, and it’s replacing certain more expensive and less used amenities, such as golf courses.

So....what is an Agrihood?

It is an agriculture-based communitie that is constructed around a farm with the idea of having access to freshly grown produce nearby.

Here are 6 factors that need to be considered:

1. Land use and zoning. Developers ensure that they have the right infrastructure for growing, irrigation, composting, trash disposal, and outbuildings, according to ULI. Zoning in certain communities may also not permit raising certain animals so finding the right location is key.

2. Placement and size. The farm should be the centerpiece of the development and accessible to all residents. The farm should be large enough to produce enough food to make a profit. The choice of crops may affect homeowner interest and costs.

3. Operation. An organization needs to oversee crops. Farms need to have enough food production, but not too much, which could saddle a community with excessive costs.

4. Yield. As part of its operation, the developer, farm manager, or HOA must decide whether produce will be given or sold to residents.

5. Education. Many developers or property owners hire full- or part-time staff to teach local residents how to eat healthily and cook.

6. Related activities. Many agrihoods go beyond food to emphasize wellness activities with amenities such as trails to walk and bicycle, buildings for health services, restaurants that serve fresh food, and healthy, sustainable homes to live in.

Source:Realtor Magazine May 30, 2019 Barbara Ballinger

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