Features Unique to Nature Towns

The mix of features here is unique to Nature Towns. No other new developments are being built with large-scale, food-producing, regenerative organic farms around walkable communities.

Exact features will vary somewhat according to specific preferences of residents in each Nature Town.

Housing: A mix of the following

  • Single-family homes based on 25′, 37.5′ and 50′ wide lots.
  • Human-scale multi-family housing (4-plexes, 8-plexes, 12-plexes, 2-3 stories high)
  • Live-work units (2-3 story walk-ups: retail store or office on ground floor, office or home on 2nd and 3rd floors)
  • Intentional communities and co-housing (2-3 stories, some micro-units with shared kitchens and baths, some full-size apartments with community kitchens, etc.)
  • Some blocks may be entirely residential, but many will be mixed, with shops and other community spaces interspersed
  • Some blocks may be dominated by certain demographic groups: mature adults in a quieter area, families and kids in another area closer to the playground or dog park 
  • All housing is green built to save energy and money

Shops and Services

  • Daily farmers market
  • Food hub (farm produce is delivered here for distribution to local restaurants/food trailers or commercial kitchens, and for residential produce deliveries) 
  • Renewable energy microgrid
  • Laundry facility
  • Library 
  • Childcare center
  • Coffee shops
  • Grocery store
  • Restaurants
  • Bakery
  • Ice cream shop
  • Bike shop
  • Hair & nail salons
  • Wellness center for allopathic and alternative medicine
  • Emergency care clinic
  • Dental office
  • Postal & deliveries/business center
  • Co-working spaces
  • Community kitchens for larger-scale production (making applesauce or tomato sauce; baking for fundraiser; etc.)
  • Commercial kitchen for residents’ small business ventures (ice cream from the farm milk, honey from on-site hives, essential oils, etc.)
  • Artisan market for residents to sell products made locally from farm products (honey, soap, yarn, bone broth, dog treats, extra food grown in individual allotment gardens, etc.)
  • Repair cafe: shared tools & spaces for woodworking or electronics repair; sewing machines and needles for clothing and upholstery repair, etc.
  • Multi-purpose community meeting spaces (gaming groups, political groups, service groups, Boy Scouts…)
  • Community spaces for banquets, performances, etc.


  • Health & wellness hub: regional magnet for natural products and services
  • Transit hub: commuter bus stop (connections to regional centers) and community electric car fleet
  • Food hub: allotment gardens for residents; daily farmer’s market for steward and residents selling locally produced foods and products; meat-and-vegetable processing facility on-site, including cold storage; value-added processing (broth, jams, etc.)
  • Circular economy hub: repair, reuse, recycling centers
  • Commercial opportunities and jobs

Nature and Outdoors

  • Pocket parks
  • Miles of nature trails
  • Great birding
  • Outdoor fitness center with workout equipment
  • Allotment gardens for residents, with veggie washing stations; professional help provided by steward (compost, etc.)
  • Covered basketball courts that can also be used for concerts or dances
  • BMX park maintained by steward with farm equipment; kids can help determine design
  • Public art
  • World’s best dog park
  • Large natural playgrounds

Ecosystem Services

  • Food production
  • Optimized habitats for birds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators & beneficial insects
  • Optimized soil quality as habitat for micro-organisms and for growing food
  • Water and air purification
  • Cooler micro-climate / local climate regulation
  • Protection against effects of climate change such as drought, flood, wildfire
  • Spiritual renewal
  • Recreational access
  • Nature therapy
  • Bioenergy
  • Carbon sequestration
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