Instead of living in a master plan community that surrounded a golf course, how about a farm instead?
You could walk and get your raw dairy and fresh eggs. It sounds like a good idea to me.
No offense, but we farmers don't want to be surrounded by "cityfolk" who have no knowledge of agriculture. We don't need armchair farmers telling us management practices, that the manure pile is too smelly, etc... We don't need idiots that don't know what to do when a cow/horse gets out of the pasture (it happens, and the sick bastards usually run down the livestock in their minivans.)
And here I thought that Landscape Architecture class I took as an elective last quarter would never get put to use.
There's actually suburb in Illinois called Riverside that was one of the, if not the first planned suburbias. It followed the local river and featured plots of lands that were rounded rather than rectangular to have more access to the local scenery. Although Olmsted, the same designer that created Central Park, intended this project to be drawing more of its resources from the outside farm land, the people who commissioned it from him rejected that idea and almost half of the original plan (featured below) was discarded. So, the intention was to have a farming community around the city with a Farmer's Market in the center, but I believe most of the land outside is still unused.
Anyways, there is hope for future Urban Farming Communities! I'm currently going to UC Davis (we're surrounded by cows, agriculture, and college kids), and many of our professors have discussed how people are incorporating gardening and farming designs into apartment and condominium buildings in major cities! Expect Seattle and New York to be some of the first to feature it.
So, instead of building an urban farming community out in the country side.. what if we built it up as a full buildings in cities? Would you live there?
Make it a community of mini-farms around a central farmers market and I'm in...the beef cattle, the dairy, the goat farmer, the greenhouse grower, apple orchard, strawberry farmer, blueberry farm, tomato grower. Then sell surrounding land to educated consumers who want to live nearby. Win. Win. The trick is to keep it affordable.
That's an interesting idea, but it would really depend. I grew up in an outlying suburb that had lots of farms and woods, and that was a really great place to spend my childhood. That being said, I wouldn't want to expose my kids to all the chemicals and pollutants involved in farming, and it can affect the water table if it's well-water, so it would absolutely have to be an organic farm.
I'm also not a huge fan of new construction and "master plan communities." I like the character of my circa 1885 house in my little walkable town. I'd be more inclined to buy an older house in a small, walkable town that had a farm or farms on its outskirts.
basically if everyone grew vegetables instead of grass.....or forage for animals instead of grass.....goats and chickens...i mean really, most people living in average sized cities have enough room to grow SOMETHING edible on their own property
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