Food for thought: are agri-hoods a good substitute for golf communities, or just another fad?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   By now it’s no secret that association-governed communities planned around a golf course are not as appealing to home buyers as they were 20 years ago. The number of golf players has been decreasing over the past decade, and most experts have opined that, at most, 20-40% of homeowners are committed golf club members in their communities. Generally, low membership levels do not generate enough revenue to keep Continue ReadingFood for thought: are agri-hoods a good substitute for golf communities, or just another fad?

Agrihood: HOA with a working farm

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   There’s a new trend in sustainable urban development sparked by the Farm-to-Table movement: the Agrihood. It is characterized by a dense clusters of homes surrounding a working organic farm set on 100 – 300 acres. The farm is professionally managed, and homeowners support the farm through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. According to reports, there are hundreds of these large scale communities surrounding working, professionally managed, organic Continue ReadingAgrihood: HOA with a working farm