There is a new type of community that is becoming increasingly more popular. The “agrihood” or agricultural neighborhood, is a community with a professionally managed farm as it’s centerpiece. The agrihood has seen a rise in popularity in times of uncertainty and food scarcity as they provide more sustainable living. Other attractive features include energy efficient construction, nature based amenities and year round fresh food. Sound familiar? Olivette Riverside Community and Farm is Western North Carolina’s first agrihood. We were recently featured in Garden Destinations Magazine recognizing agrihoods across the country.
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The Olivette Community in North Carolina
In North Carolina, one agrihood is a shining example of greener pastures. Olivette Riverside Community and Farm snuggles on 346 acres of land just north of Asheville along the French Broad River.
It was founded in 2014 with quintessential agrihood amenities that include fishing, hiking, biking, paddle sports, farm-to-table dinners by the river, and of course, daily fresh produce. After a 2020 marred by lockdown and quarantine, the open spaces, food security, and community of Olivette seem like a welcome exhale.
In an era of supply shortage, public space closure and food insecurity, agrihoods all over are offering the warm reassurance of self-sufficiency and the sweet opportunity for a close-knit community. As exhausted, uncertain, and lonely Americans of 2020 seek stability, agrihoods feel like the best kind of change: simple and back to basics.