The Canyon House at Esencia Rancho Mission Viejo, CA

In the newest phase of a planned community at Rancho Mission Viejo, the Canyon House and Esencia Farm is a social hub featuring a coffee house, an expansive open-air courtyard overlooking Oak Canyon, multiple loggias with plenty of seating, inviting open-air and enclosed meeting and event rooms, a catering kitchen, and a large activity lawn. Esencia is an "Agrihood," Agrarian-Centered Community, where localized neighborhood farming is a sustainable alternative to the model of industrial agriculture that is damaging our environment and threatening human health. In addition to the health, environmental and socio-economic benefits of local farming, the Esencia Farm offers volunteer opportunities to learn what crops can be grown and how to take care of them, as well as, opportunities to learn how to transform what is harvested into fine cuisine through workshops and cooking demonstrations.