How many times have you heard others railing on against suburbs? We diss the urban sprawl, the disconnection from one’s neighbours and the community in general, and the uniform housing (how Stepford). Or maybe it’s not so much “we” as it is “I”. You see, I’m a city girl, born and bred. I don’t do suburbs because, well to me, they’re kind of uncool.
Or, at least, they were until agrihoods popped into existence. What on earth is an agrihood? Well, it’s a community in the suburbs that’s built around—you guessed it!—agriculture. It’s built around a working farm, to be exact. It’s an agriculture-specific kind of cohousing. The whole community is designed to be eco-friendly and centres around a farm that provides residents with fresh food, giving them a real farm-to-table experience—at home. Many of the communities also place an emphasis on creating real bonds between their community members, encouraging them to work on the farm or participate in community events. The farm is the glue that holds people together, which is pretty great in an era where nature deficit disorder is a real thing.
What makes agrihoods cool is that they’re actually trendy. Like, Millennials like me actually want to live in them, and living in an agrihood is becoming a new kind of status symbol. Forget manicured golf courses full of pesticides—we want fresh, organic veggies we can pick ourselves! It’s all part of an evolution towards a future that looks like a more polished, techy version of our past. I’m not usually one to follow trends, but the fact that an increasing number of people want to buy property in communities that are essentially hipster farming communities is impressive. As a society, we’re beginning to go from wanting sterilized, cookie-cutter lives to something that’s organic on many levels. If that isn’t a win for Mama Earth, I don’t know what is.
Would you ever want to live in an agrihood? Had you heard of them before? Talk to us in the comments!