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New "Farm-to-Table" Planned Community Opens in California

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A new green development in Davis, California, offers such a convergence of urban living trends, you may confuse the concept with an Onion story. The Cannery, a 100-acre mixed-use community which includes a 7.4-acre urban farm, is being called the first "farm-to-table community" in the country by its developers. The "agrihood" concept has been realized before in places such as Harvest in Texas—and one could argue planning a community around farmland isn't anything new—but this neighborhood appears to be one of the more expansive and upscale attempts at realizing the concept. Developed by The New Home Company and set on the site of the former Hunt-Wesson tomato cannery facility a mile from downtown, the planned community includes a total of 547 homes of various sizes and price tags spread between neighborhoods such as Sage, Tilton and Persimmon. While the larger, multistory homes cost upwards of $1 million, the Heirloom neighborhood, composed of townhomes, offers prices in the mid $400,000.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the agriculture theme carries over from the working farm, run by the Center for Land-Based Learning and currently growing corn, tomatoes and zucchinis, to a series of fruit and nut trees planted throughout the grounds. Each of the nine different types of residences on site feature a 1.5-kW solar system, as well as bicycle parking and parking spaces wired for electric vehicles, and some home types can be upgraded to support net zero living. The entire development also features a 10-mile network of bike trails and an agri-classroom. Developers believe the foodie generation will be excited at the opportunity to reconnect to the land, as well as the agricultural heritage of the surrounding area. Homebuyers are at the very least, intrigued; the development opened to large crowds last month.

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