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Wouldn't It Be Neat If This Golf Course Was Permaculture Design Instead? Windsor, FL vs. Serenbe, GA | Congress for the New Urbanism

Wouldn't It Be Neat If This Golf Course Was Permaculture Design Instead? Windsor, FL vs. Serenbe, GA

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I took a trip to the CNU planned and designed community called Windsor in Vero Beach, Florida.  It was the nicest and most well-planned community that I have ever witnessed personally.  The Anglo-Caribbean architecture of most of the residences is very unique.  The parks and lawns are perfectly manicured and the streets are lined with palm trees.  Different recreational and social activities abound, including golf.  Yes, Windsor is a New Urbanist community that is planned and designed around a golf course as a central theme and feature, as you can see in the photo.

http://www.windsorflorida.com/

But what if this golf course were planned to be a permaculture design space that included lush tropical edible gardens instead?  How could this New Urbanist community benefit from such a space and activity as permaculture design, organic farming, and botanical/community gardens?  What if Windsor was more similar to and based on the planning philosophies of the CNU planned and designed agricultural community Serenbe outside of Atlanta, Georgia?  How could Windsor benefit?

http://www.serenbecommunity.com/serenbeoverview.html

Let's begin with the restaurants and cuisine.  If you are a food fanatic (or foodie as I like to refer to those of us that are) then you know that you want the freshest food available.  If the golf course in Windsor was a Permaculture Design space instead, any restaurant in the community could be directly provided with the fresh foods straight from the permaculture farm in the community. This could make for some of the most renowned restaurants and chefs for fresh and organic cuisine anywhere;  and that's not even to mention the healthfulness of the fresh organic food.

Another major benefit for the community of Windsor if this golf course was Permaculture Design instead would be a hip and happening local organic farmer's market scene.  The local organic farmer's market is always an excellent social space where one can go to meet up with friends and enjoy fresh local fare and purchase groceries, which would also employ the full-time resident farming staff and generate more income for the community.  Live music would be a must though.  

Also, any member of the community that walks to purchase their groceries inside of the community would be lessening their "carbon footprint" by not driving to buy groceries that were probably transported long distances to get to that grocery store.  No gas would have to be burned, meaning a healthier, cooler planet and cleaner conscience.

(Also see my previous Blog titled Permaculture Design and Environmental Studies at UTSI Costa Rica by clicking on Dylan's Blog below)

Check out some pics of what I'm currently growing, cooking, and making on a permaculture farm in Costa Rica-

http://twitpic.com/photos/SustainablDylan

Follow me on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/SustainablDylan

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