Nutrition and Real Estate Merge with the Rise of the Agrihood
You really wouldn’t guess it by my very vocal affection for cheeseburgers, but one of my all-time favorite topics is nutrition. Reading books like The China Study by Thomas Campbell and Clean by Alejandro Junger, gave me a new perspective on the old adage “You are what you eat”. As we continue to see certain disease levels rise throughout the world, we will also continue to see a rise in the awareness of food quality and local food sourcing as means to control disease. At a recent symposium I attended in Austin (Put on by Concierge Auctions), futurist author Byron Reese spoke on his predictions of the near future and technology’s effect on seemingly everything. One of his predictions was the eradication of all disease, because it is in theory…a technical problem.. and for every technical problem…there is a technical solution. Another prediction was that nutritious food will one day be so accessible that it will nearly be free. This is GREAT news for all of us Whole Foods shoppers who feel like we are being extorted on a weekly basis just to buy some organic apples. Working in real estate, I’m very excited to see a trend that directly intersects my passions for nutrition and home buying: Enter the concept of The Agrihood.
Imagine a suburban community built around a working farm, instead of the typical cornerstone of a golf course, clubhouse or pool. Imagine a community where you can go out into your cooperative garden and pick up the ingredients for tonight’s dinner…where you can teach your children about growing their own food at home. These Agrihoods are popping up all over the United States and will continue to grow in popularity as people become more aware and excited by the benefits of local food sourcing. Houston welcomes it’s first Agrihood with the addition of Harvest Green, a 2000 home master-planned community with 300 acres of workable farmland located on Grand Parkway and West Airport Boulevard. Harvest Green residents will enjoy such benefits as having a freshly picked basket of produce delivered to their front door weekly. This is a concept that is taking the farmers market movement to your own backyard. Johnston Development Corp., who is the mastermind behind the Fort Bend County development of the Harvest Green community, has contracted Houston’s local Edible Earth Resources to manage the build-out and upkeep of the farm. Have I piqued your interest? Here’s a great video that gives more insight as to what it’s like to be a resident in an Agrihood: Home Grown.