• Chat with neighbors on the porch. Make meals with vegetables grown locally. Solar power your home. Walk to the store that sells fruits grown locally. Picnic in the park. Bike to town. Watch the kids grow up healthy. Wake up where the sun smiles over a wide, green landscape. Nourish your life.

    This is not a nostalgic dream. It’s the immediate future at The Cannery in Davis, California’s first farm-to-table new home community.

  • The Cannery harmonizes with the values of Davis. It offers a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment. Smart living grows naturally in Davis. It has the second-highest percentage of graduate degrees in the country. People choose Davis for its high quality of life. It is the intellectual home of California’s booming agriculture industry, sustaining everything from wineries to local farming. Davis and its UC Campus nurture ideas that nourish the world.

  • Swim in the lap pool. Relax in the spa. Enjoy time with friends by the outdoor fireplace. Throw a BBQ. Play in the game room. Schedule a get-together in the community room. At The Ranch House, The Cannery residents and their guests can truly indulge in a full range of recreational amenities.

    Not only a place to relax, The Ranch House was also designed with energy efficiency in mind. The solar panels hosted on the roof help to offset The Ranch House’s electrical use.

  • The Farm House is an iconic 1,644 square-foot building located at the heart of The Cannery community. Featuring a generous 1,836 square foot covered, wrap-around porch, The Farm House acts as the community’s Welcome Center. Ultimately, this building will be deeded to the City of Davis, who will partner with The Cannery to ensure it is used as a prized destination for future Davis and Cannery events.

    The Farm House’s design is consistent with the green living and energy sustainability efforts at The Cannery and features a photovoltaic solar system to help offset electricity demand.

  • At The Cannery, good living grows naturally here. This is a place where neighbors meet up at the Dog Park, trade recipes at the Farmstand and BBQ together at The Ranch House. Meet two of our families at The Cannery, The Scomas and The Juanitas and learn how they came to fall in love with The Cannery’s one-of- a-kind lifestyle.

  • The idea for living at The Cannery is pure and natural: Surround homes with parks and a working farm. The parks and open space energize the residents and the farm feeds the community. The Cannery will include 520 homes with energy efficient and Livable Design™ features built into every residence. The homes will be diverse, for all generations and lifestyles, including for-sale and for-rent, detached and attached, high-end and affordable residential opportunities. In addition, some homes' multi-generational “Life Space” designs include guest houses and private quarters. Every home is within 300 feet of a park or trail that connects to Davis' bicycle network.

  • At The Cannery, the entire cycle of life – from raising food to raising families – revolves in one, healthy place.  The first fresh, green community bordered by a farm, The Cannery is rooted in the most up-to-date neighborhood and environmental thinking. Yet, it is down-to-earth and friendly with parks, paths, stores, and plazas that make life easier, healthier, sustainable, and comfortable.

  • Cannery Marketplace at The Cannery will include stores and retail experiences that act as a vibrant icon within the community and include comfortable plazas and integrated mixed-use residences. Cannery Marketplace brings offices and services to the community and commercial opportunities for start-up businesses and mid-size tech firms looking for professional offices, fled space, and small office creative spaces.

    For more information or to inquire about available office buildings for sale, and office, medical, daycare, retail and restaurant spaces for lease, please contact Kevin Sheehan of Kidder Matthews at (916) 751-3601 or ksheehan@kiddermathews.com (LIC #0096093).

  • Parks, paths, and plazas help to make life easy and healthy at The Cannery.  With nearly 1/3 of The Cannery site being dedicated to open space, residents and visitors will find a wide array of outdoor activities await them once in the community. The 4.7-acres of neighborhood parks include a practice field, sports court, bocce ball and play areas – plus a gazebo and picnic spaces.  The Cannery Amphitheatre will be a gathering space for fairs, festivals, concerts, and performances while greenbelts and community buffers include multi-use paths, interpretive exhibits, and seating.

  • The Cannery will establish a national model for connectivity and New Urban Design. Every home will be 300 feet from a park or open space. An extensive network of bike and walking paths will connect the residents to each other and the larger Davis area. Uninterrupted bike and pedestrian connections include a network of loops around the project that ensure each destination within The Cannery is no more than a 10-minute walk or five-minute bike ride away. 

  • Cannery Marketplace
  • Parks
  • Bike Paths & Pathways

As California’s first farm-to-table new-home community, The Cannery Farm will sell local produce to restaurants and local neighbors. Managed by the Center for Land-Based Learning, The Cannery Farm will serve as a state-of-the-art example of sustainable urban farming and as a farm business incubator site for beginning farmers. For more information please contact sri@landbasedlearning.org.


The Cannery Farm FAQ

Who owns the land that The Cannery Farm occupies? 
The City of Davis owns the land and leases it to the Center for Land-Based Learning.

Is there a focus on sustainable/organic crop production?
We only grow organically here at the Cannery Farm. We do not use any inorganic (synthetic) pesticides (e.g. herbicides, fungicides, insecticides) or fertilizers. We use organic fungicide spray for our stone fruit orchard and compost for fertilizer.

Why don’t I see food being grown on the farmland currently?
In Spring of 2017, vegetables planted on the farm were growing poorly and not producing at expected levels. After exhaustive soil tests, experts determined that the soils were heavily compacted, which was causing poor drainage and salt accumulation in the topsoil. They suggested planting cover crop for 3 years to increase soil organic matter, break the compaction and improve soil tilth. CLBL applied for and received funding from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Healthy Soils Program to implement at three-year soil restoration plan.

What is the Healthy Soils Program?
The Healthy Soils Program was created from the California Healthy Soils Initiative, a collaboration of state agencies and departments to promote the development of healthy soils on California's farmlands and ranchlands.

Why is the Cannery Farm participating in the Healthy Soils Program?
The Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL) was awarded a Healthy Soils Program grant in 2017 after working with experts to determine the best way to restore soil health at the Cannery Farm. As a non-profit, CLBL needed funding to carry-out this intensive plan, and we were awarded a grant in the first round of funding available. It is important to note that the Cannery Farm was the only urban farm funded in this first round.

What is CLBL doing to restore soil health at the Cannery Farm?
Starting in 2017, CLBL began a three-year cover crop rotation, planting two crops per year, one winter cover crop and one summer cover crop. The winter cover crop consists of peas, oats, fava beans, and vetch, and the summer cover crop has been sorghum sudan-grass. In addition to planting cover crops each season, CLBL also adds compost each year and does light tillage to break up the deeply compacted soil.

Why are cover crops being used at the Cannery Farm?
Cover crops can be used to address a wide variety of issues on all types of farms. At the Cannery Farm, cover crops are being used primarily to break up deeply compacted clay soil to improve drainage, add nitrogen, organic matter and other plant nutrients to the soil, and to cover the ground to prevent the spread of weeds and diseases.

How many different farmers have plots?
As of 2019 we have two farm business incubators at the farm. The Beecharmers and Leaf & Lark Farm. The Beecharmers maintain five beehives and provide educational workshops and tours to students and the greater community about beekeeping and the importance of pollinators. Leaf & Lark Farm sells plants from their greenhouse nursery and hosts summer u-picks of primarily flowers and fall edible pumpkin u-picks.

How do beginning farmers access the land?
Farmers apply to our Farm Business Incubator Program in the Fall. If accepted, they start their farm lease in January and participate in program activities throughout the year. The Center for Land-Based Learning’s incubator program provides mentorship meetings, business planning, specialized workshops, and other services that assist beginning farmers to be successful.

Are they all graduates of CLBL’s California Farm Academy Training Program?
No, graduating from our Beginning Farmer Training Program is not required to enter the Farm Business Incubator Program, but it is highly recommended.

How does The Cannery Urban Farm help build the local/regional food system in and around Davis?
The farm provides public education, community development, and access to fresh food to the Cannery and surrounding communities. Our site coordinator organizes community social events, educational workshops aimed at both farmers and the public, and volunteer work days for private groups and the public. The Center for Land-Based Learning started hosting a weekly summer farm stand in 2018 in order to provide food while the majority of farmland was under cover crop. The farm stand is planned to continue in Summer of 2019, selling produce from our Beginning Farmer Training Program farm at our current headquarters in Winters, CA.

  • Taking Davis' lead in environmental stewardship and sustainability, The Cannery site and buildings will reduce reliance on cars, limit energy consumption, enable renewable energy production, and contribute to a healthy environment. The Cannery’s bold sustainability starts with low-impact land use. Actually, land reuse, since The Cannery re-imagines the former Hunt-Wesson tomato cannery site. The central location saves resources: UC Davis and downtown are five minutes or less away. Parks and paths connect neighbors everywhere they turn. The Cannery will be one of the most energy efficient new home communities in the country. A 1.5 kV photovoltaic solar system and electric vehicle charging pre-wire will come standard with every home, and residents can upgrade to net zero living.

  • The Cannery is committed to building homes that have innovative building features for a sustainable home which presents significant benefits. These features include: Cool Roof Certified-roofing materials, Attic Insulation, Radiant Barrier, Blower Door Testing, Quality Insulation Installation Inspection, Windows with better Uvalue/SHGC Ratings, Ducts in Conditioned Space or High Performance Attics, Water Heating, HERS testing, and Electric Vehicle Charging Pre-Wire.

  • Through the standards established in each home, energy sustainability is accomplished. The passive solar design reduces energy demand along with the energy-efficient building designs. Each home has photovoltaic systems and will be prepared for the installation of solar power if chosen by the future owner. There is also no net electric for maintenance of public spaces. Lastly, homes will be pre-wired for electric vehicle charging, and the mixed-use and multi-family areas will include charging stations.

  • A dedicated effort to conserve water is implemented through turf reductions in residential areas and the park, smart/centrally controlled irrigation controllers, and water-reducing fixtures and appliances. Non-potable water from an onsite agricultural well will also be used for irrigating landscaped areas along roadways and within open-space greenbelts, parks, and The Urban Farm.


Taking Davis' lead in environmental stewardship and sustainability, The Cannery site and buildings will reduce reliance on cars, limit energy consumption, enable renewable energy production, and contribute to a healthy environment. The Cannery’s bold sustainability starts with low-impact land use. Actually, land reuse, since The Cannery re-imagines the former Hunts canning site. The central location saves resources: UC Davis and downtown are five minutes or less away. Parks and paths connect neighbors everywhere they turn. The Cannery will be one of the most energy efficient new home communities in the country. A 1.5 kV photovoltaic solar system and electric vehicle charging pre-wire will come standard with every home, and residents can upgrade to net zero living.  

  • The Cannery celebrated its second annual Can Run 5K, 10K and Kids Fun Run this May, welcoming over 300 runners back to race around our farm-to-table new home community on a beautiful Saturday morning. Proceeds raised during The Can Run benefited the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Keep up the training and we hope to see you again next year!

    View Full Image Gallery of The Can Run.

    Check your race results HERE.

  • October at The Cannery is the most spooktacular time of the year! Join us every year for some festive fun including trick-or- treating, pumpkin decorating, harvest games and more. We hope to see you next year!

    View the 2017 Harvest Festival Image Gallery

  • Kick off the season of giving at The Cannery every December during the annual Home for the Holidays. Partake in some holiday fun by donating to Toys for Tots, searching for mischievous elves hiding throughout the Model Homes and entering for your chance to win some one-of-a-kind prizes. We look forward to seeing you next holiday season!

    Learn More About Toys for Tots

While wood and steel make for strong homes, the best homes are the ones built with heart. We recognize that our homes are a reflection of ourselves, our experiences and the people we have loved. This is our legacy. Our homes are an expression of the knowledge we have about how people want to live. For us, they are individual works of art for the world to see and enjoy.

We hold ourselves to a higher standard. We demand more from ourselves. We care about how the home looks, feels, and lives, and why a particular piece of land was chosen. We care about the relationships with our craftsmen, our lenders, our neighbors. And we expect from them what we expect from ourselves – a belief that this process is as much about building a better life as it is about building a better home.

We’ve spent decades building homes and became a publicly traded company (NYSE: NWHM) to help fuel our growth while remaining committed to our roots. Homebuilding gives us a profound sense of fulfillment as we strive everyday to provide better environments, contribute to better schools, and support communities with a sense of social consciousness – all with a level of integrity, respect, and compassion for the world in which we live.

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