A nourishable place is one where you can look out onto the fields and across the waters that are the source of much of your food. We'll always be able to get spices from far away because we don't eat that much of them, but the main ingredients of our food really should be local. And a nourishable place doesn't just have food grown nearby; it also develops a culture over time that appreciates and advances the local cuisine.
Chickens & Compost
Enclosed compost drums are much better in close-knit neighborhoods than compost piles, and they’re much easier to manage. If you’re really adventuresome and your neighbors don’t mind, chickens do several good things for a kitchen garden, including eating lots of bugs. That’s the chicken coop, tucked under the stairs just above the compost drums of SmartDwelling I.
Consider making all of your walls harvestable for as high as you can reach. This Green Wall from SmartDwelling I is harvestable to eight feet high. Beans and peas probably won’t vine that high in a summer, so espalier dwarf fruit trees against the top half of the wall (shown in dark green here) and then vine vegetables on a trellis on the lower half of the wall.
Hidden Gardens that are Edible
Many neighborhoods and even entire towns around the US ban vegetable gardens in the front yard because nobody has bothered to design an edible garden that's lovable. There are things we can do to change that mis-perception over time, but if a home design wraps around a private courtyard like this, your hidden garden can begin nourishing you from the very first growing season.
Consider making one of your garden rooms a Kitchen Garden dedicated to edible gardening. That’s a tilapia tank in the center of the SmartDwelling I Kitchen Garden. But it’s not all work. The Morning Pavilion on the right is a place to sit and watch the mist rise off the garden in the early morning, while the Evening Pavilion on the left is where you can sit with the setting sun over your shoulder, admiring your day’s work.