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Community and Cultural Diversity Serosun Farms pays homage to the past natural systems that once dominated the area, the recent past and present farming heritage and the future (hopefully) of the Chicago area. The project acknowledges and celebrates the farming families and their traditions, several of whom will continue to be involved as residents and farmers. The farmsteads on the site will be retained and other local historical barns may be moved and preserved on site. The farm will celebrate food in many ways from the artisan crops grown on site to the farmers market to and underlying themes of good food, local farming and the culinary traditions of the past.

The estate also provides great opportunities for creating a real sense of community for the residents who have the opportunity to live along side the farm, horses, fields, woods and nature in general. The opportunity to walk down the lane to the farmers market or local park or to watch the birds in the marsh will help them to connect with the rural and natural life that was once the norm in northern Illinois. The community offers the opportunity for each of the residents to be part of the farm and part of the community with many chances for interaction with their neighbors creating a real community and not just a bunch of houses. The estate provides a great living classroom to the residents and community at large to learn about the natural elements of the area, understand and appreciate the farming heritage of area, be a part of the possible future of local agriculture and to live a sustainable lifestyle. It also provides a living laboratory to learn and experiment with sustainable farming and sustainable living practices and demonstrate how they can be integrated into a modern world.

The various elements of the sustainability plan contribute to reductions in pollution from the site. A few examples include: The sustainable farming and landscape management and enhanced storm water management systems reduce pesticide, herbicide and nutrient contamination coming from the site as well as reduce solids in the watershed. The utilization of some of the clean energy sources reduces use of combustion systems that contribute pollutants including carbon emissions from the homes and agriculture operations. Many of these elements also contribute to reductions in indoor pollutants and increased indoor air quality.