Rocky Corner will be built on a 33-acre former dairy farm in Bethany (see more about the town under About the Town). The land has fields with old stone walls, wooded areas and wetlands.
Our property includes ample space for members to have both private and shared gardens and to raise animals.
Our buildings will occupy a small portion of the land leaving most of the acreage open space for native plants, farming and orchards. We will apply sound principles to preserve the site’s unique natural resources and protect the watershed directly to the east (see more under About Bethany). Our intention is to live sustainably, with a minimum of energy use – to consume less and share more. All of our buildings will face south so that passive solar design and thick insulated walls will keep our homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
We fully support Connecticut’s Smart Growth plans and the Bethany Plan for Conservation and Development, both of which encourage the kind of environmentally sensitive development we plan to build.
We intend for our landscape to provide a bounty of herbs, vegetables, flowers, tree fruits, berries, and nuts. Chickens, ducks and larger animals will be integrated into our farm system to provide eggs, manure, weed control and soil working.
We will strive to produce as much of the needed compost, organic fertilizers, and soil conditioners as possible on the farm.
A key consideration in the permaculture plan is water management. Ethan has worked directly with our architect, civil engineering consultants, and landscape architects to create a plan that permanently protects the watershed and is consistent with low-impact development principles.
Minimizing use of energy, water, and other natural resources and creating a sustainable, self-sufficient community is a fundamental goal of Green Haven. Our site in Bethany was once a farm and we are excited to bring back sustainable and eco-friendly agriculture to the site.
Some of our sustainability goals:
- Placing buildings on a small portion of the land to protect and preserve green space, views and the site’s unique natural resources.
- Consuming a minimum of energy by maximizing solar and other renewable resources.
- Preserving and creating new habitat for wildlife, and space for solitude and play.
- Using sustainable agriculture practices to provide a bounty of herbs, vegetables, flowers, tree fruits, berries, and nuts.
- Implementing water-management practices to permanently protect the watershed and align with low-impact development principles.