Hickory Nut Forest a Green Community-Asheville Special Find

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Hickory Nut Forest a Green Community  Special Find

Laughing Waters VIDEO

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____  POINTS OF INTEREST: This eco-friendly development named for the Hickory Nut Forest is a "special find" if you seek a True Green multigenerational  community within a short driving distance of Asheville. 


And , the personal story around how the couple who found and developed this acreage is exciting to learn. Over the years, we have watched how their story unfolds...


and so we were excited to discover that ...when it comes to Green Asheville Real Estate, Hickory Nut Forest, this amazing eco-community, has just announced some good news you can use. .


News You Can Use:  Eco Community- Hickory Nut Forest- “We began by looking for a way to recreate the gristmill. We found log cabins from the 1840's that we took apart, moved, and reconstructed on our property.  One of them now sits next to the stone foundation of the old gristmill site. We added a new water wheel , and eventually plan to add a grinding stone so we can press apple cider from our orchard downstream… 



The Eco Village: When the couple nurturing (and I do mean “nurturing” literally) the development of Hickory Nut Forest first came to the 200+ acre piece, one of their most intriguing discoveries  was the stone ruin of an gristmill that had washed away in the Flood of 1916. 


“Romantic notions of rebuilding the gristmill as well as using the power of the creek to create electricity arose,” they shared. (SEE VIDEO) And they spent the past few years making a dream come true. 


Energy Efficiency: We spent lots of time thinking about the most effective way to harness the power of Hickory Nut Creek while honoring and preserving its natural beauty. There were many details to figure out along the way as we dug a pond and laid piping to create the micro-hydro system. This summer we finally turned everything on, and the resulting power should fulfill the energy needs of Laughing Waters. ...


Net Zero! Our goal is to become a net-zero energy community, where we make more energy than we use.” 



hickory nut forest eco community: 5 Ways to Recognize an Eco-Friendly Community – 5 WAYS TO RECOGNIZE Eco-Friendly Development - Asheville Style Looking for sustainable innovation in the eco-friendly developments?.  You may be attracted to miles and miles of hiking trails that adjoin the National Forest. You may be attracted to the community amenities…


hickory nut forest eco community: Asheville Area Eco-Friendly Communities-Links &INFO ~ Gerton and Bat CaveLINKS  to posts I have done on one of my favorite areas around Asheville, and the possibilities for those of you who love the idea of living in a neighborly community where folks can share organic gardens, produce...and yes, even heirloom apples!

hickory nut forest eco community: WHAT is Cluster Housing, Again? (Series Starts Here) -
ASHEVILLE GREEN REAL ESTATE and the idea of a closely-knit gathering of energy-efficient, green-built homes, especially if they are affordable and on a small footprint!    I am attracted to the notion of rounding up 10-or-so homes on a small-ish enough parcel of land so that  people who live there naturally gravitate to contributing their ideas, talents, and leadership skills in a neighborly way. 

hickory nut forest eco community: 6 Eco-Friendly Urban and Mountain Communities in the Asheville Area A LEVEL OF ATTRACTION, commitment, and motivation when it comes to sustainable innovation are as unique as each of us is. Poll homebuyers and investors and you are sure to find certain green attributes have more appeal than others. There are about as many shades of green in eco-friendly design, development and building as you see in the early light on an Appalachian mountainside.


hickory nut forest eco community: Second- Vacation Homes Go Year-Round- Hickory Nut Forest Eco-CommunityIF YOU SEEK WATERFALLS, you have come to the right place. Last count, there were fifteen(15) on the forever wild land that adjoins Hickory Nut Forest-Not to mention the vineyard, organic gardens, heirloom apple orchard. Points to keep in mind as we head out on this sunny day to look at this carefully developed community are: a) proximity to Asheville, ) the exterior and/or interior allure …

hickory nut forest eco community: Heirloom Apples- Hickory Nut Forest- Asheville Style  ORGANIC? Here in the Green Real Estate news in the Asheville NC area, Hickory Nut Forest is demonstrating organic cultivation.  Surrounded on three sides by over 800 acres of conservation land Hickory Nut Forest is a place to come, to live and to thrive in a serious relationship with nature. Take for example heirloom apples: "Roughly nine out of ten apple varieties historically grown in the U.S. are at risk of falling out of cultivation and falling off our tables," the Buena Vista Social Club of Forgotten Fruits  will tell you. "Some 15,000 to 16,000 apple varieties that have been named, grown and eaten on the North American continent, …

hickory nut forest eco community: Going Green: Asheville Eco-Community to Provide Learning Experiences at Hickory Nut Forest - GOING GREEN: Mountain homes and land legacies
At a time when many communities may be drawing inward, the opposite seems true when I research eco-friendly communities for my clients. Here is an example - news from Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community near Asheville. Hickory Nut Forest Eco-community has created a non-profit called Mountain Roots whose Mission Statement reveals that the non-profit is dedicated to providing discovery and adventure learning experiences, while exposing participants to a working model of environmentally responsible and community-centered living….

hickory nut forest eco community: Conservation Stewardship Asheville and Beyond- Part 2CONSERVATION /GREEN REAL ESTATE- As land specialist in the mountains of North Carolina, my clients are expressing a particular interest in conservation practices including: controlling wind erosion, conserving energy, growing high residue-producing crops, managing areas for wildlife, providing food and water resources on existing lands for wildlife, applying fertilizer according to soil and tissue tests, utilizing a grazing management system to maintain soil and water quality.

hickory nut forest eco community: Green Real Estate Asheville: Interview with Eco Developer- Hickory Nut Forest Mountain Community  
CREATING TRUE GREEN COMMUNITIES_ I sat down with John Myers and Jane Lawson the developers of the Hickory Nut Forest GREEN/conservation community near Asheville, NC not long ago. We talked about what it takes to create such a community- their philosophy and how they designed and developed the land. Here is a segment of our conversation.


hickory nut forest eco community: Eco-Community NC & Acres and Acres of Land -
THIS WEEK I GOT TO HIKE the sunny trails leading from an amazing eco-friendly community just minutes from downtown Asheville. This model for sustainable innovation, Hickory Nut Forest is one of the first ECO developments in the USA to combine wide-ranging land conservation with an eco-friendly community of green-built  homes, to be powered by renewable energy -(wind power, hydropower , geothermal) - to create  a  "net-zero-energy community". Living in this conservation neighborhood means enjoying the forever-wild mountain forests, soaring cliffs and pristine, cascading streams

hickory nut forest eco community: Hickory Nut Forest An Outstanding Eco-Friendly Community -
OUTSTANDING- 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 …

hickory nut forest eco community: Sustainable Community~ Asheville's Eco-Jewel~ Hickory Nut Forest -
ACTIVE RAIN _Not long ago I was contacted via Active Rain about a post I had done -part of an on-going series called " Asheville- Picnics and Day Trips" - about Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community.  I responded with delight for it is apple blossom time at Hickory Nut Forest, and we had taken some amazing photos to share…

hickory nut forest eco community: Asheville's Eco Communities: Hickory Nut Forest and RELOCATING to Asheville NC

RELOCATE- Green Real Estate Asheville:  Hickory Nut Forest- Asheville's Eco Communities: Hickory Nut Forest (series). 


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John McCormack, CRS
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Hickory Nut Forest looks and sounds like a magical place. The name Hickory Nut Forest would make a good title for a book or movie!

Jun 27, 2012 08:30 AM #1
Adrian Willanger
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janeAnne-It's always a tough act follow John McCormick, but I'll do my best.  I love hearing the concept of a net-zero community, what a great goal to work towards. A big thumbs up!

Jun 27, 2012 08:36 AM #2
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And I love the idea that Asheville's Hickory Nut Forest eco-community is a perfect example of an Authentic project with caring hands involved ...The developers live on the 200+ acre property...and offer wonderful learning opportunities and lots of fun events right from the "clubhouse"...which is appropriately named "Laughing Waters" as this place with its' large meeting spaces enjoys the sounds of the creek bubbling by...

Jun 27, 2012 10:46 PM #3
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Having lived in Seattle for many years, I was impressed with the green evolution happening there...now we all have a chance to watch a True Green community actually be born and unfold here in the Asheville,NC area...and yes..Net Zero energy is the goal at Hickory Nut Forest eco-community...it is one that can inspire!

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