Agrihood Information


What are agrihoods?

Agrihood is a portmanteau between the words "agriculture" and "neighborhood." The term describes residential communities which feature food production as an amenity and focus. The Urban Land Institute has defined agrihoods as "single-family, multifamily, or mixed-use communities built with a working farm or community garden as a focus." 

Agrihoods vary in size, context, affordability, agricultural amenities, and level of resident involvement in food production. There are urban, mixed-use complexes which feature rooftop greenhouses and there are high-end, resort communities in remote locations with working farms managed professionally with produce delivered to residents. The most common model, however, are master-planned, suburban communities with single- and multi-family homes with a working farm that operates independently and sells produce to residents through a CSA model or farmer's market. Many of these communities also feature community gardens for residents to grow their own food, pick-your-own orchards, and educational programs associated with the farm for children and adults alike. 

Where are they located?

Agrihoods are located across North America but tend to be clustered in some of the fastest growing real estate markets.  Nashville, Atlanta, Denver, Austin, and Seattle metro-regions each contain multiple agrihoods in planning, development, or completed stages. 

The agrihood model can be adapted to all climates. Those in colder climates may feature greenhouses for year-round production or simply operate seasonally. In the west, some agrihoods feature pasture land for residents to graze their own animals. 

Why are they so popular?

The agrihood is a rapidly growing trend in real estate according to dozens of news articles and reports. Their popularity is due in large part because they represent a win-win-win for developers, residents, and farmers alike.

For developers,  building a farm or community garden is a cheaper option than other amenities commonly found in master-planned communities such as a golf course and clubhouse.  

Residents enjoy living close to where their food is produced and engaging with the production process. The local foods movement has shown that people care about where their food is grown and want to support local farmers. The agrihood trend shows that people not only want to eat local but live local to their food production as well. Food production as an amenity is attractive to people of all ages and allows neighbors to connect with one another.

For farmers, agrihoods offer land and a captive market to buy their crops - both of which can be tough to come by for young farmers.