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Freedom Village

Last updated: July 26, 2015 (1 month ago)
Listing created on: June 16, 2009

Freedom Village

(Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1998  Established: 1998
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
  • Contact Name: Jo Grant
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
    Currently taking a short break from visitors.
    Too many projects that we want to complete, and just can’t afford the time for visitors right now.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members:Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
    Anyone is welcome to join and help continue to build a life for themselves, but priority is given to homeless, single parents, elderly and the disabled.
    We don’t ask to see your passport or proof of citizenship, that’s between you and the government.
    We do ask that you just be open and honest.

    Below is a list of the steps for membership:
    1. A few emails or letters to help clarify what both your and our expectations are.
    2. A visit to our community (no fee) where we can answer any questions you may have.
    3. Informal discussion between you and community members about your past, your present, and what you like for your future.

Mission Statement:

To help others find a home.

Community Description:

The basic ideology behind Freedom Village is to help provide suitable housing for those who have none.
Poverty is a manifestation of Slavery in it’s cruelest form.
Freedom Village is dedicated to fighting against poverty. The concept is to establish a community that incorporates both private homes and shared common facilities. One acre home sites will be leased, rented, or sold to members of the community for $1. The idea is to help those who have little or nothing find a home and community where they can feel productive, safe, and loved. This is not going to be some desert property, but arable farmland and woodlands. Idea community members would be newlyweds, retirees, single parents, homeless, hopeless, anyone who wants a home to call their own. There will be about 20 home sites all centered around a common community area, similar to a town square. This Town Square will have a gazebo, sitting area, and a play area and will consist of walking and bike paths. The Town Square is a place to sit and enjoy a book, walk your dog, or let your children play in safety.
In addition to the individual dwellings, there will also be a community building and a dorm-like housing unit. The community building will house a meeting hall, library, loan closet, storage area and kitchen. The purpose of the meeting hall is for public use by members of the community e.g. religious services, birthday parties, community meetings. The dorm building is to be used by visitors and as temporary housing by members while their own houses are under construction.
Outside income is not a requirement at Freedom Village. Any money or outside income you bring with you, belongs to you. If you have no source of income, you are welcome to participate in community projects and share in any income that’s generated. These projects include wool production/weaving, selling of goods and produce at farmer’s markets. We are currently considering the viability of establishing a small country store in area of our community. Such a store would be a gladly welcomed by our country neighbors. Those are plans for the future maybe in a couple of years. Right now we need the people in our community to help make this happen.

Population

  • Adult Members: 12
  • Non-member Residents: 6
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Additional Comments: No formal religious practices in place, but all beliefs are welcome.

    Currently our children are public schooled, but home school is welcome.

    When membership is opened back up, anyone is welcome to apply, but we would really like to find people with the following skills:

    1. Construction – especially Alternative construction (Adobe, Cob, Cordwood Masonry)
    2. Plumbing
    3. Medical/Homeopathic
    4. Artist
    5. People with experience in Permaculture
    6. Woodworking
    7. Blacksmithing
    8. Crafts
    9. Anyone willing to learn something
    10. Anyone willing to teach something

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: By a Community Leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Elected Community Leader.
    Everyone is pretty much self-governed and follows a “live and let live” philosophy.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 20 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 5
  • Current renewable energy generation: 25-50%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Wind, Biogas
  • Additional Comments: in the process of purchasing adjacent acreage

    each home site is individually owned

    Ready to expand an additional 10 acres.

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
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: Any outside income an individual earns or brings with them belongs to that individual, but income from community projects is shared among all who participated.

    Everyone contributes to the benefit of the community as a whole, to the best of thier abilities.

    $1 for the purchase price of a 1 acre home site.
    Good neighbors are more valuable than anything else.

Diet

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Almost All, up to 90%
  • Planned food produced: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, up to 90%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay), Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan (plants only, no animal products), Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Kosher
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: Decisions such as diet preferences are left up to the individual members.

    For group meals, we are currently omnivorous, but the trend does seems to be shifting towards a more vegetarian diet.

Keywords

community, homeless, family, retire, lifestyle

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