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fortunity

Last updated: January 11, 2016 (3 weeks ago)

Listing created on: November 4, 2011

fortunity

(Asheville, North Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Started Planning: 1996
  • Start Living Together: 1997
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://www.fortunity.org
  • Contact Name: James
  • Phone: 828-301-0300
  • Community Address:
    727-729 Haywood Road
    Asheville, North Carolina, 28806
    United States
  • This Community is Re-forming

    Short version of a longer story: fortunity is currently seeking core members to complete and then restart the next phase of its development. There is a larger infrastructure but there are not enough skilled, committed, or financially stable members to effectively move forward. Thus we’ve taken some time to reformat the written material and seek others committed to its vision-mission. One of our properties is for sale, and we’re considering another variation on our ‘farm’. We are currently maintaining shorter-term / interim rental housing in most spaces until more core or invested members are found.

Mission Statement:

We’re currently cleaning up the properties, starting gardens, and working towards re-opening a multi-use commercial building with an education and information themed business model. We believe in open and honest dialogue and place a heavy emphasis on relationship building as a foundation to create a safe and inviting experience.

Community Description:

Please be aware we are currently ‘on hold’ at the moment, seeking more core-committed or equity-invested members to proceed more effectively.

Our goal is creating an urban community lifestyle based on a complex combination of residential, commercial, and rural properties with interwoven related projects. Our passion above and beyond living and working together is communication — in many forms. Though we may tend towards lengthy and intensive planning discussions at times, the goal is to apply the results in productive fashion. Check out our website for more info, and to schedule a visit or tour if curious.

Please also note: we would best be defined as ‘spiritual not religious’, represent many different ideologies, dietary paths, and cultivate open minded but grounded and healthy lifestyle choices. Pets, addictions, and most substance-use are not welcome here, but responsible and conscious living definitely is.

About

  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 9 acres, spread between 4 locations
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 10
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: Split between different nearby locations.

    Discussion and plans for some (or all) properties to include a future community-controlled land trust.

    Currently comprised of +/- 18 private rooms w/ 1-2 apartment-like units mixed into that.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 8
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 61-70%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: 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 but serious inquiries or couch surf those with community experience passing through. We are also flexible and open to serendipity. :)
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: We’ve identified 7 tiers or different ways people can live here, though this process is often less clearly defined. Inquire for current status.
  • 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.

Government

  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: We are developing a creative hybrid of what works best here. Again, a core group is being sought to solidify governing principles. Though there is one founding owner-leader, input is always sought from whomever is affected by a decision.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments: Perpetually open/moving towards more income sharing.

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

    There is not formally, however, there will usually be an initial investment of time during a membership evaluation or training period.

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

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Biofuel, Connected to the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Tractor & Farm Equipment
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet 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, by exception, and definitely not preferred.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Jewish, Agnostic
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices: We lean towards holistic alternative self-care overall, but are not against conventional medical treatment when applicable.
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We have a very different approach than many communities so please contact us before making a visit and be sure to read our website if seriously interested. It will begin to tell our story, though there are other written materials which can be shared afterwards.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Keywords

urban, rural, honesty, communication, sustainable, experimental, process, gardens, farm, education

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge