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Productive Rural Areas
Examples of this pattern in action:

Rural and Community Studies
Rural California suffers from a lack of jobs, as well as a decline in the agrarian economy. The region is currently characterized by rapid population growth and slow economic growth, as well as slower recovery from recent recessions. Public policy has failed to address the problems of rural California and the rural West. Our research on rural economic development issues seeks to promote appropriate, sustainable economic growth.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas

Center for Rural Affairs


Arendt, Randall G. Conservation Design for Subdivisions: A Practical Guide to Creating Open Space Networks. Island Press. Washington, DC. 1996.

Dresser, Peter van. Landscape for Humans: The Lightning Tree. Lyon Jene Publisher. Santa Fe, NM. 1976.

Hart, John. Farming on the Edge: Saving Family Farms in Marin County. University of California Press. Berkeley, CA. 1991.

Kemmis, Daniel. Community and the Politics of Place. University of Oklahoma Press. Norman, OK. 1945.

Vitek, William and Wes, eds. Jackson. Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place. Yale University Press. New Haven, CT. 1996.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling