Last updated: July 13, 2014 (3 months ago)
Listing created on: November 4, 2011

fortunity

(Asheville, North Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Formed: 1996  Established: 1997
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.fortunity.org
  • Contact Name: fortunity Inquiry
  • Phone: 828-301-0300
  • Address:
    727-729 Haywood Road
    Asheville, North Carolina, 28806
    United States
  • This Community is Re-forming

    Short version of a longer story: we (the two of us committed to the ic part) are currently seeking core members to complete and then restart the next phase of fortunity. We have a larger infrastructure but not enough skilled, committed, or financially stable members to effectively move forward. Thus we’re taking some time to reformat the written material and seek others committed to our vision-mission. One of our properties may be sold to a sister community vision, and we’re considering another variation or branch of fortunity being created on our ‘farm’. We are also moving towards shorter term, educational, and interim housing until more core members are found.

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Email, call, or write first and we’ll discuss your particulars. Though we are usually busy and officially ‘on hold’ we may be able to accommodate last-minute inquiries or couch surf those with community experience passing through. We are also flexible and open to serendipity. :)

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    We’ve identified 7 tiers or different ways people can live here, though at the moment we’re essentially on hold while reforming and seeking core members. Inquire for current status.

Mission Statement:

work communication exchange

Community Description:

Please be aware we are currently ‘on hold’ at the moment, seeking more core members to engage more effectively. Our goal is creating an urban community lifestyle based on a complex combination of residential, commercial, and rural properties with interwoven projects related. Our passion above and beyond living and working together is communication — in many forms. We can tend towards lengthy and intensive discussions at times, and usually seek to apply the results in productive fashion. Check out our website for more info, and to schedule a visit or tour. Please note: we are not traditionally pet or substance-use oriented, but do make exceptions.

Population

  • Adult Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 61-70%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We are spiritually based, coming from a variety of different approaches.
    We reflect a broad spectrum of beliefs, and hold no judgement of any one in particular, but do tend to consider communication “like a religion” at times.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We are developing a creative hybrid of what works best here.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Urban, Suburban
  • Area: 9 acres, spread between 4 locations
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 6
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 25-50%[if 3-m1-energy-other] ([3-m1-energy-other])[/if 3-m1-energy-other]
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
  • Additional Comments: Split between different nearby locations.

    Discussion and plans include a future community-controlled land trust.

    Comprising +/- 18 private rooms w/ 1-2 apartment-like units.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debts)
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: Perpetually open/moving towards more income sharing.

    We are refining a hybrid work-trade model. Ask for details.

    Not at the moment, however, there will be an initial investment of time during a membership training period..

    Work, meetings, and other forms of contribution will be involved.

Diet

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Decade long tradition of weekly potluck dinners. (On hold at the moment.)

    Hoping to initiate garden projects this year, with 2+ acres waiting.

    We try to eat healthy and local when possible.

    We welcome all dietary habits.

    Occasional social drinking allowed, but not to intoxication or inhibiting community functionality.

    Outside smokers only, and not preferred.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Keywords

urban, rural, farming, metal shop, honesty, communication, sustainable, experimental, processing

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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