Are you hungry for fresh food, and are you in the know that the food that comes to your table is actually poison, and more so for a longer period of time? Is the health of your family giving you anxious jitters and worries, and are you done with the way your greens reach your table? Fret not; let’s look at how farming is changing the plush neighborhoods all over America, and yours could be next. An Agri-hood is the newest buzzword in gated communities all over the world.
The latest trend all over the world is to grow farms all around housing complexes, but we don’t know if the same can be done for high rises; although the fact remains that plants can grow in virtually all the earth including artificial earth.
In the US, homes, called bungalows in India, are now covered by food growing plants all around the outer areas of colonies and housing complexes. This is especially so because people are increasingly criticizing large corporate like Monsanto and their anti-human policies for producing food that is full of cancer causing chemicals and fertilizers.
The modern name for this kind of neighborhood is an ‘agrihood’, plenty of which are coming up legally all over the suburbs of American cities, without any civic or legal opposition from the state and city governments and municipalities.
This farm-to-table residential model has been sprouting up everywhere from Atlanta to Brisbane. It involves homes built within strolling distance of small working farms, where produce matures under the watchful eyes of residents, where people can venture out and pick greens for their salads.
There are many types of Agri-Hoods. Some developers rent acreage to farmers. Some set up non-profit C.S.A. (community-supported agriculture) programs. Some have the residents growing farms themselves.
The area around such neighborhoods also includes farmers’ markets, inns, and restaurants in communal hubs where the food is stored and sold.
This is all possible because real estate owners keep coming out with newer ways to attract customers, and an Agri-hood is the next best thing that homeowners are looking for as they are interested in good health, fresh foods, local produce and the social atmosphere of families meeting over health food.
This trend has become a hit in the US with primarily second home buyers, retirees and parents of younger children entering the fray to buy homes in such localities.
Most home buyers want these types of homes as they don’t want to look after huge yard areas. Also, the trend is more for people to buy homes in Agri-hoods as they are a lot cheaper than either mall or golf neighborhood counterparts.
These Agri-Hoods work as social gatherings for farmers and their families. The kids learn from their fathers’ farmer friends. The whole operation is like that of a business. Many people living in such neighborhoods claim that they award them with a feeling of community like a church does, and they all meet every week and bring freshly cooked dishes for each other.