If you want to embrace sustainability but don’t know where to start, look for values-based companies where the mission begins and ends with wellbeing. “Agrihoods” revolve around wellness, sustainable living, and functional farms for local food. These planned communities are growing in popularity around the US.
The Serenbe community, located outside Atlanta, demonstrates sustainable practices on various levels. There is the working farm that offers produce at the local farmer’s market on Saturdays. Wooded areas invite walks into wildlife and offer ecosystem lessons for children. And homes at different price points use geothermal energy, solar energy, or a combination for heating and cooling. EV charging stations are located throughout the community. You don’t have to live there to get lots of ideas on how to add sustainable practices to your everyday life.
Serenbe founders Steve and Marie Lupo Nygren first discovered the Chattahoochee Hills area during weekend visits to a farmhouse they enjoyed. Over time, the couple bought the farmhouse, converted it to a bed and breakfast, and purchased the 38,000 acres of land around it that have become Serenbe. The community focal point is a 25-acre professionally managed organic farm that provides farm-to-table produce for three neighborhood restaurants and the weekend farmers market that is open to residents and non-residents alike. It’s also an educational tool for teaching agriculture via group tours and family visits.