Neighboring Fields EcoVillage
Neighboring Fields EcoVillage is the vision of Dennis Meyer, who operates a working greenhouse and market garden on the ourskirts of Ripon, Wisconsin. You may have met him during the Kale Festival. He asked for some early conceptual planning to help him towards someday transforming the garden site (below) into an eco-community of some 20+ homes, with a cafe/common house and store.
The design uses the existing elements on the land — a farmhouse, the greenhouses, orchard and gardens with lines of conifers — and adds solar-heated homes (modeled after our Chassis House). Plus a two-story building on the street with a sunny atrium and apartments, and a market-restaurant off the parking lot that can double as a cohousing-style common house.
There are several variations of the site plan. This one (below) sets the homes on modest parcels amidst the gardens, with a simple layout of 'skinny' streets that provides good solar orientation for the roofs and windows. The concept allows for build-out in three viable phases, as Dennis' group moves forward through the process of development.