One of the most distinctive features that truly distinguishes Nature Towns from sprawl is the long-term role of the farmer, or as we prefer to say, the steward. Long after the developer and construction teams have built the last house, the farmer remains, producing the community’s food, maintaining the trails and nature with livestock, and maximizing nature (the community’s ecosystem services) on behalf of residents.
However, the farmer can do so much more to make a difference to the residents and the community. The fact is that a steward will own and regularly operate equipment that is very similar to that used by municipalities.
- Stewards can use tractors and specially designed agri-tourism wagons to provide visitors, children, and mobility-challenged residents with regular tours of the high-quality park surrounding each nature town.
- They can provide local recycling services, increasing the frequency of pick-up to once a week, and/or picking up a broader range of materials to recycle, such as batteries.
- Stewards can transfer spent materials, such as food scraps from residents or sawdust from mushroom production, to the livestock or compost facility daily.
- Dog parks are more frequently maintained with wood chips so that residents can use fewer plastic bags.
- Storm cleanup happens faster, and debris can be chipped and composted almost immediately.
- Stewards have skid steers for breaking up ice on the streets during a freak winter storm, like that experienced in Texas in February.
- They can use skid steers to change the trails (variety) and improve hills for the kids’ BMX trails in a pocket park.
- The same skid steers deliver supplemental fuel such as propane or wood pellets for heating homes when emergency heat is required to supplement electric/solar heat pumps.
This is not by any means a complete list. Subscribe to our blog to learn more about the benefits of Nature Towns in upcoming articles.
Nature Towns designs to ensure family security, which means providing for a community’s food, energy, water and climate security. We plan these necessities into your community and real estate (Residential and Commercial) so that you receive them when you buy your home. That value-added approach to residential real estate development, if designed properly, doesn’t cost you more than you are paying now.
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