From Florida soil grow the roots of what may be the next generation of sustainable communities like Sky.
Julia Starr Sanford and Bruce White are scheduled to break
ground this spring on Sky, a prototype community in Calhoun County
that pairs luxury with sustainable living.
Located in rural Calhoun County, Sky currently encompasses a
total of 571 acres of wetlands, woods, and grassy fields, more than
half of which will be used as farmland or preserved as
Sky's developers also plan to build an equestrian center,
amphitheater, and 80-room lodge and conference center on the
"Life at Sky," says Julia, "inspires us to taste the fruits of
the land and to preserve the natural resources that sustain it by
digging deep in Southern soil for the connection to our past."
Gladiolas, which were once cultivated commercially on the Sky
property, still thrive under the pines.
University of Florida students visited the Calhoun County
property as part of a studio project to develop plans for idea
houses and the Sky Institute.
Homes built at Sky will feature a variety of architectural
elements, including "tree house" porches (seen here), louvered
shutters, and durable stone walls.
Gardens, both large and small, will play a central role at