Nature Towns: Cohousing with organic food, energy, water and climate Security.
Nurturing Nature and One Another – Be A Part of the Mission
Imagine your cohousing group living in a small town that is largely self-reliant in energy, water and food. The 3000 residents share your values of protecting the planet and building social networks with neighbors. Using district financing, Nature Towns allow every resident to contribute to the mission of improving nature in your environs while reaping tangible benefits such as fresh air, access to abundant nature, and exclusive discounts on food produced on site: fruits & vegetables, nuts, milk, eggs and meat.
+ 20 clusters of ~20 cohousing homes each, for a total of 400 out of 1280 total homes
+ 80-acre town
+ 170 locally owned shops/service providers
+ On-site schools
+ Town designed for pedestrians and cyclists first, cars second
+ Transit hub for a variety of transportation options
+ Private allotment gardens for each household
+ 240-acre minimum farm size
+ 32 one-acre ponds (reservoirs) with floating solar PV
+ Green infrastructure/nature designed to produce ecosystem services and protect the town from extreme weather such as floods, drought and wildfire
+ Professional steward oversees green infrastructure,farm and food hub
+ No farm work required from residents
Click below to read more about how Nature Towns are unique in terms of community, food security, access to nature, financing, and protection from climate change.
Photo: Neuf Brisach, the inspiration for our project near Austin, TX. The picture shows what an 80 acre village looks like inside 240 acres of green infrastructure. The village was made in the 1700’s by Louis XIV. The green infrastructure was designed to reduce the residents’ taxes for security by restricting the entry and exit points to the village. In Nature Towns, we use the village to finance the green infrastructure as an amenity to the town’s residents.
- Common House
- Guest Rooms
- Community Garden
- Swimming Pool
- Some units accessible
Welcomes Visitors (fee may apply)
- Common Meals
- Guest Rooms
- Scheduled Tours
- Individual Tours
- Work Days
- Patrick Van Haren