If the idea of living in a solar-powered community with access to organic food grown in your own backyard sounds like paradise, you’ll love The Cannery!
The Davis area of California has long been known for its interest in sustainability and agriculture. Now they have introduced California’s first farm-to-table housing development, called The Cannery.
The Cannery is a 100-acre development located just one mile from downtown Davis and designed so that residents can easily and safely bike or walk to the city center. The community boasts 547 units divided into 4 neighborhoods. There are a mix of housing types from single-family homes to townhouses, surrounded by community areas and green space. In fact, each home is no more than 300 feet from a park or open space.
The crown jewel of The Cannery is the 1,644 square foot Farm House that sits at the heart of the community. The 7.4 acre working farm grows and sells food to its residents. In addition to the locavore appeal, all of the homes in The Cannery come with their own 1.5kW solar system and can be upgraded for net-zero living. Sustainable building materials and energy efficient technologies are featured throughout the community. Each home is equipped with LED lighting, a tankless water heater, energy-saving fixtures, and pre-wired for EV charging. Water conservation is paramount in California, and The Cannery uses non-potable water from an onsite agricultural well for irrigating landscaped areas along roadways and within open-space greenbelts, parks, and the Urban Farm.
Following the principles of New Urbanism, the development emphasizes walkability, access to retail and commercial centers, and community buildings. There are a number of different price ranges and home options, including 60 units of affordable housing, and six distinct communities. A 10-mile network of bike trails connects the different neighborhoods and extends out to the city. Classes are available to residents to teach them about farming and sustainability to promote the lifestyle and vision of the community.
The Cannery is a wonderful urban experiment and we hope to see many more communities modeled around the principles of local and sustainable agriculture.