New Home Company Goes Farm-to-Fork with Smart Irrigation

New Home Company Goes Farm-to-Fork with Smart Irrigation

New Home Company’s Cannery in Davis, Calif. is the farmer’s market enthusiast’s heaven.

The Cannery is 100 acres, 15 of which are mixed use areas like parks and trails. There are 547 homes on the property.

“All were planned with the idea of creating a real sense of place, and a sense of community,” says Kevin Carson, New Home Company’s Northern California president. “We decided to work with this farm-to-fork movement that was going on.”

New Home Company logoTo achieve this concept, every home is within 300 feet of walking trails or the 7.5-acre farm, which uses non-potable water from an agricultural well for irrigation.  

The well, which has smart and centrally managed irrigation controllers, ties into the City of Davis water system. The farm is manned by the Center of Land Based Learning, a non-profit organization that teaches the next generation of farmers. There is also a community garden on the premises for home buyers who want to work on their own green thumb.

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Heirloom by The New Home Company: Heirloom is a collection of 72 Townhomes with up to four bedrooms and five- and one-half baths, ranging from 1,404 to 2,016 square feet. Featuring a row townhome design, Heirloom has primarily three-story arrangements, although one plan will be offered with two stories plus a loft as a third floor option. Each residence includes attached two-car garages with bike storage and direct access, as well as private decks or patios. Heirloom is priced from the mid $400,000s.
The Heirloom Community. Photo courtesy of New Home Company

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There are nine different house types built by eight different architects, but they all have one thing in common—they were designed using focus groups.

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Among their desires, the group wanted unique top notch spaces and tech. Each home in the Cannery comes with a 1.5 kilowatt solar panel array, which can be upgraded.

“There are options for some of the homes to be net-zero energy,” Carson says.

The kitchens are outfitted with water-saving fixtures and Energy Star rated appliances. The homes also incorporate LED lighting and tankless water heaters. These elements help New Home Company achieve 24 percent more efficiency than Title 24 standards require.

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About The Author

Kelly Mello is a TecHome Builder Staff Writer, creating timely, investigative articles for its eMagazine and Special Reports. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in English: Communications & Rhetoric. She began her writing career in 2007 as editorial assistant for GateHouse Media. From 2010 to 2013, she was local editor for various Patch sites, including Norton.Patch.com.

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