As a society we have become more and more detached from nature, particularly our food and how it is processed. We have changed the way we consume and process our food more in the last 50 than in the last 300 years. Much of this has to do with the industrialized farming complex and the reality that most "farms" we source our food from run more like factories.
The design is driven by the theory of biophilia. Biophilic design is about humanity's place in nature and the natural world's place in human society, where mutuality, respect, and enriching relationships can and should exist at all levels and emerge as the norm rather than the exception.
The Agricultural Heritage Center of South Royalton, Vermont will serve not only as a historic educational tool, but a future model of sustainable farming technologies as it is a working cattle and vegetable farm. Situated in South Royalton, Vermont, the center strives to enhance the local economy and community through a reconnection with nature. The center will help bring awareness to the importance of sustainable agriculture and maintaining small, family operated farms that many Vermonters rely on. In addition, visitors may engage in interactive, seasonal activities, dine at the farm-to--fork restaurant and purchase Vermont-made products from the food co-op.
Status: School Project
Location: South Royalton, VT, US