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Home Grown: Moving Next to the Farm


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Home grown: Moving next to the farm

From CBS Sunday Morning, filmed at Serenbe, a conservation community near Atlanta, Georgia.

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Conservation Subdivisions with Randall Arendt

Kirt Manecke interviews Randall Arendt, America’s leading expert on conservation subdivisions, at Tryon Farm, Tryon Farm is a conservation subdivision in Michigan City, Indiana where three quarters of the farm was preserved while reducing costs. Randall calls these developments “The golf course development without the golf course.” Learn how Randall Arendt saves a developer in east Texas a quarter of a million dollars in site grading costs for an 80-lot development. Randall retained value by saving 23 of the 24 large oak trees that otherwise would have been destroyed using the engineer’s original plan.

Conservation Planning: “You’d never drain a lake, why cut down an oak forest?”

A must-view for all planners and planning commissions. Kirt Manecke interviews Ed Noonan, developer of Tryon Farm, a conservation development near Michigan City, IN that preserves almost 3/4 of the property, 120 of the 170 total acres. Randall Arendt, America’s leading expert on conservation subdivisions, is also featured.

Why do Most Subdivisions Look So Bad?

Noted land conservation planner Randall Arendt, the nation’s expert on conservation subdivisions, discusses subdivision design. Randall is talking with architect Ed Noonan, creator of Tryon Farm, a conservation community in Michigan City, Indiana.

Land Conservation and Developers

Note land planner Randall Arendt at Tryon Farm talks about conservation subdivisions and developers.

Natural Neighborhoods

This neighborhood preserves 81 acres, almost two-thirds of this 130 acre historic site, using conservation design, in this short ad. Great music!

Kids Think New Development Looks Like Poop

Kids aren’t stupid. This developer put up a sign “Wooded Walking Trails” after needlessly clear-cutting and grading flat the entire once majestic forest. This took away adjacent homeowners’ views of nature and land for wildlife. This new subdivision is in Commerce Township, MI on Glengary Road.

Natural Landscaping: Save our Environment, Preserve Water and Wildlife, and Save Money!

Jim and Sally, Michigan homeowners, discuss the benefits of natural landscaping. Natural landscaping helps preserve land for wildlife, provides great views, preserves water, and prevents storm water pollution and run off. Reduce your lawn footprint. Let parts of your property grow naturally through natural landscaping. You save money and time too!

Two Minute Test Drive Through Natural Neighborhoods (Conservation Subdivisions)

Enjoy your two minute test drive through natural neighborhoods, aka conservation subdivisions. These conservation developments preserve natural lands for great views and recreation, and protect clean water, wildlife and working farms. They are advantageous for developers and landowners as they are proven to reduce costs, offer swifter sales, and are more profitable than conventional subdivisions. Homeowners enjoy trails through natural areas, forests, meadows and open space.

Tryon Farm in IN, along with Cloverdale Farm and the Fields of St. Croix in MN, are featured in this land conservation video. The video highlights natural landscaping and narrow streets that reduce storm water pollution, along with shots of natural areas that help preserve water and our environment.

What is a Land Trust or Land Conservancy?

Tom Bailey of Little Traverse Conservancy in Harbor Springs, MI explains what a land trust, also known as a land conservancy, does.

How to Preserve Land and Reduce Estate Taxes: Conservation Easements

Kirt Manecke interviews Tom Bailey, executive director of Little Traverse Conservancy in Harbor Springs, MI about conservation easements.

Protect Your Land With a Conservation Easement. Part 1: Intro

Kirt Manecke interviews Tom Bailey, executive director of Little Traverse Conservancy in Harbor Springs, MI about the basics of conservation easements.

Why Large Lot Zoning Does Not Protect Land, Rural Character or Working Farmland

Many communities mistakenly believe that large lot zoning will preserve rural character and working farmland. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Zoning is temporary at best. David Skjaerlund, owner of Pleasant View Farms in Coleman, Michigan discusses how an 80 acre farm that he rents and farms is being split into eight, 10 acre parcels, too small to farm, shown in this video. Usually, through the years, whenever the landowner sells, 10 acre parcels are split into five acre parcels, then split again into two or three acre parcels, then one acre parcels, so you end up with a subdivision that is not even planned.

The other problem that David mentions is that these new neighbors who purchase the 10 acre parcels to “build their dream home in the country” may not understand the odors, noise, dust and traffic slowdowns that living close to a farm brings, opening up the farmer to possible nuisance complaints, and threatening surrounding farmland and working family farms.

The North Face: Your Land

Inspiring and short video shows why people love the land.

The Lorax Movie

The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. The Lorax is filled with hilarious fun for everyone!