The New Normal

The phrase “the new normal” usually has all the cheer of a dark, grey storm cloud with it’s reference to sluggish GDP growth, wage stagnation and growing wealth inequality, but there is another new normal that is happening parallel to the business one that has a bit of a silver lining quality to it – the rise of urban and suburban farming.

There has been a definite uptick in the number of news stories about urban agriculture over the past couple of years, but I found this recent bit of research by Redfin particularly illustrative of how the backyard garden has moved to the forefront.  With my own metro ranking #10 and fully 12.7% of listings studied having the word ‘garden’ presumably as a selling feature, urban and suburban food production might just be the new normal.

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