Hickory Nut Forest An Outstanding Asheville Area Eco Community
One of my favorite eco communities in the Asheville area (and please note, Asheville is the "hub' of green and sustainable development) is Hickory Nut Forest.Numerous eco-communities are popping up in and around Asheville, but Hickory Nut Forest is demonstrating how to go about creating an eco--community. This video shows how folks got together to build a community center. (see video).
THIS evolving "green" community and conservation neighborhood is surrounded on three sides by over 800 acres of conservation land , so from the community center, visitors and residents can hike out on one of the well-tended trails leading to those 800 + acres and to the adjoining 250 acres. Hickory Nut Forest's community/retreat/teaching/learning center represents a "shade of green" having to do with sustainability from the "social dimension" perspective: Peace, security, social justice --Human settlements and Human relationship to nature.
EXAMPLE: I was so excited to be able to WATCH how the construction of the new community building happens! ( see video) If you are interested in the "social dimension" of eco-friendly development, be sure to check out the video. There also are aspects of green building that will be a part of this work: using the giant poplar from our land to hold up the house, solar and microhydro for heating and electric, sprayed insulation, south facing orientation, metal roofing, energystar appliances, protection of the surrounding trees, interior air quality, re-using their own wood for interior walls...for example