"Hi Dandarius, Thanks for the welcome. I'm aware of Village Homes, and have a friend that lives there. I'm a single working mom and way too busy to organize a group, but would like to hear from others on the website, like…"
How might your current work contribute to the sustainability movement?
Not sure. Civil engineer working in transportation.
In what ways do you personally identify with the Sustainability & Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I've been attempting this transition since the 1960's in various ways, such as organic food, vegetarianism, low energy use, etc. Lately the effort seems urgent now that industrial civilization is declining. I turned my lawn into a vege garden, and have solar ovens and PV panels for electricity and a solar water heater. Also have two big compost bins going and an indoor worm bin.
What background and skills do you bring to this community?
Degree in Physical Therapy (previous career). A year's experience in Square Foot Gardening. Reference library for medical, survival, and gardening topics.
What aspects of the sustainability movement most interests you?
Building community of like-minded people who can exchange and barter and lend support.
Your Favorite Books/Websites/Blogs/RSS Feeds for Information about the Sustainability Movement
The Urban Homestead, by Coyne and Knutzen.
Urban Homesteading, by Kaplan
The Edible Front Yard, by Soler
1001 Home Remedies, by Reader's Digest
The Humanure Handbook, by Jenkins
Seed to Seed, by Ashworth
Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, by Rubin
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Hi Casey - thank you for sending us the heads up about Kabakole - it is a tough one because her profile answers when she applied to join looked legit so we sent her the below message. Please let us know if she apologizes and we are going to ask if any other members have been spammed like this and if so then we will take appropriate action.
We received a complaint from a member that they received a spam type message from you and we need to ask you not to solicit in inappropriate ways with the members of this community. We approved your membership based on your answers to your profile page and it appeared to us that you were a real human with an active interest in the Transition Movement. However, sending emails like the one you did to Casey Robb is not appropriate and considered spam in our community. If you want to remain a member we ask that you send apologies to anyone you have contacted on this community with similar emails within 24 hours or your membership will be terminated.
Hi Casey and welcome to the Transition California Community network. Apologies for the belated welcome but our team got a bit swamped in August/Sept and we are just now catching up. Please let us know if you need any help navigating this network.
We found this article about Village Homes in Davis and thought maybe you might like to start a Transition Davis group...? There are a great deal of folks in Davis that could be a part of this group where you could facilitate the exchange/barter/support that you mention as a community builder. We would be happy to help you with such an effort - that is what we are here for. There is one member on this network named Libby who we just left a message for to get an update from her and ask her to connect with you - Local Food was her focus.
Daniel & Darlene "Dandarius" TCA Admins
Village Homes Davis, CA
One of the very best examples of sustainable communities that I have seen was Village Homes', a seventy-acre subdivision located in the west part of Davis, California. It was designed to encourage both the development of a sense of community and the conservation of energy and natural resources.
Passive solar home design was encouraged and in many cases solar hot water systems were also employed. Not only was it an ecologically and environmentally sound project, it brought neighbors together. Streets, bike paths, and walkways encouraged citizens to intermix and react with each other. The landscape was more like living in a park with winding paths and streets that were separate for vehicles and pedestrian traffic. It was a human space! I visited Davis in 1976 and loved the sensibility of its development and design.
While most streets in America were laid out north/south, Village Homes' streets were purposely laid out on an east/west axis to take full advantage of the sun. Similar modern communities have been planned and started with slight twists on this theme over time like Stapleton, Colorado as just one example. Village Homes gives us a good model of what future towns could look like, even though the development is now 35 years old.
This area within Davis was designed and planned by developers Michael and Judy Corbett, with help from multiple architects and many others. Eventually this community included 220 single-family homes and 30 apartments. It is still a thriving and sustainable community today. Its developers in the book Designing Sustainable Communities: Learning from Village Homes, write about the planned design and its implication for future sustainable living concepts.