When times are tough, it’s good to have the support of your friends, family, and neighbors. You won’t feel more supported than while part of a sustainable community. Here, collaboration is the cornerstone of everything we do. It’s what makes the community work.
During a crisis, a sustainable community is the best place to be — not only for the practical and economic advantages like a community garden and habitat for chickens and pollinators — but also for the social ones. While following proper distancing measures, a community can still support itself through neighborhood connection and collaboration.
5 Benefits of Living in a Sustainable Community During a Pandemic
The benefits of a sustainable lifestyle are abundant, but especially during a pandemic, having a community at your back can provide you with the tools you need to get through the tough times and flourish in the good ones ahead.
Sustainable Lifestyle Sharing
In both the best of times and the worst of times, neighbors in a sustainable community help each other out. They share resources and chores, recipes and advice, well-wishes and friendly waves. When part of a close-knit community, you might do some gardening for a neighbor, or reach out to another to check in. Even in self-isolation, smiles and waves go a long way. In this community, members share a commitment to live an environmentally-conscious lifestyle — and that shared interest often leads to lasting friendships. When difficult times are ahead, your neighbors and friends are there to share your worries and your successes.
Fresh and Safe Produce
Living in a sustainable community, you have the opportunity to grow your own food in the community garden, raise chickens for fresh eggs, or maintain a hive of pollinators. The produce you consume will only be touched by your hands, or grown with the help of your neighbors. Gather an assortment of organic and fresh fruits and veggies to bolster your pantry from your garden. It not only saves you money, but saves a trip to the grocery store.
Connection While Separated
Enjoy the deeper environmental and social connectedness of your community without being in close quarters. Living in a sustainable community allows you to escape the density of the city to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where you can feel supported by the network of neighbors, all while keeping the recommended distance. You never have to feel alone in self-isolation, nor will you feel overcrowded. In this type of neighborhood, you aren’t just a number, you’re a vital part of the social landscape and play an important role in the effort to live sustainably.
Healing Effects of Nature
Whether it’s therapeutic forest bathing, yoga in the fresh mountain air, or taking in the meditative views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, sustainable communities offer peaceful and calming environments to focus inward and relieve anxiety. When we take time to serve ourselves, we can be present with others in our social circle. Sustainable communities have well-maintained trail systems for residents to enjoy the restorative benefits of nature. Enjoy a socially-distanced walk in the woods for the medicinal effect of the greenery and views.
Homes in a sustainable community are naturally cost-effective. They are energy-efficient wherever possible and make use of sustainable practices in water conservation. Sustainable living is practical because, in addition to growing a good portion of your food, you can share resources and skills with neighbors. Particularly during a crisis, no one knows what lies ahead, but you can be prepared to face it with the support of your friends and neighbors.
There’s a lot happening in the world this year. You can join a supportive and eco-conscious neighborhood when you move into the beautiful, sustainable community at Couch Mountain. Quarantine and social distancing are more productive in a community that fosters sustainable life practices and a shared eco-centric experience. From growing your own organic food, to forming healthy relationships with your neighbors, to exploring the property’s stunning trails, you can live sustainably within the privacy and safety of your own home.
During this time of social distancing, Couch Mountain is still open and available to you. We will continue to offer self-guided tours with the aid of an agent over the phone or through a video conference in order to comply with CDC recommendations. You’re welcome to explore the 200 acre property and see how Couch Mountain could provide you with a fulfilling life experience. Give us a call at (866) 936-5263 or reach out to us online to get started.
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