July 27th, 2022

Putting Down Roots: Agrihoods help you commune with nature and like-minded neighbors

Original article by Sarah Sekula for USA Today

Arden in Palm Beach County, Fla., offers organic gardening workshops and classes on home composting. Singlefamily homes range from $400,000 to $700,000.

Arden’s 5-acre farm is run by two full-time directors, Tripp and Carmen Eldridge, who are experts in small-scale organic farming and got their start in the Peace Corps.

The momentum around agrihoods and other farm-to-table trends “has been building all through the ‘good food’ movement,” says Tripp. “As millennials come of age and move into their own homes, we’re seeing that a connection to nature and to each other is important to people when they’re deciding where to live. Connecting with where your food comes from, from seed to plate, is a really easy way to achieve this.”

Interest in agrihoods continues to grow, says Matthew Norris, director of ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative. “People are looking for access to locally grown food and are more aware of the health and environmental benefits of eating local produce.”