I like the idea of a modern day commune with several solar panel houses like these below with a common area lodge with a kitchen, workout room, whirlpool, game room etc. run on thermal and solar energy with a greenhouse similar to below for our food and live stock as well.
below is 5 8′ by 20′
Lots of great information and a getting started guide here
another great resource for information here
Each shipping container would run on solar energy and wood stove
There is a common area for the greenhouse, kitchen, workout room, dining hall, game room, tv rooms etc and of course out door whirlpool. its also heated by solar panels but also uses thermal energy similar but more efficient then the examples below
my friends circulating pump fish tank fertilizer for plants can easily grow food. in a larger setting you use a bigger fish and tank and you can eat them as well.