FRIENDS SOUTHWEST CENTER
McNeal, Arizona, United States
- Last updated: July 8, 2017 (1 second ago)
- Listing created on: November 19, 2012
Peaceful high desert living that embodies Quaker principles of simplicity equality nonviolence and service.
Some of us do “guerrilla gardening” as the extremes of climate and local critters take a toll on our gardens. There are several home greenhouses and a young orchard.
FSC hosts a weekly unprogrammed Quaker meeting year round. We have a Peace Park, and donate regularly to charity. We are LBGT and family friendly. We support activism in border issues and some members volunteer with ESL classes for people in Douglas and with art projects in Sonoran border towns in Mexico. We are located close to Mexico, Bisbee, Douglas and beautiful wildlife and natural areas like the Chiricahua National Monument. Our local airport is in big city Tucson, but our lifestyle is high desert sustainable.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1975
- Start Living Together: 1976
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-Southwest-Center/108294345883163?fref=ts
- Phone: (520) 642-1234
- Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Spiritual or Religious Community
- Programs & Activities: Organization, Resource, or Network
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
We are incorporated as a not-for-profit organization so we have to have “officers”. Members all contribute to decision making. Visitors are welcome at any of our gatherings, meetings and meeting for worship every Sunday
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
- Additional Comments:
We have a land trust for our 64 acres. Our group manages shared accounts to support our infrastructure like our well, roads, taxes on buildings, solar array and insurance.
Renters pay rent. Members pay resident or non-resident land fees of $75 (or $35 if dwelling is empty) monthly. Personal debt is the individual’s responsibility.
We have work parties from time to time. Some renters reduce rent by doing work in the community. Some members contribute additional money for work that is done, like our orchard weeding and pruning, but no labor or extra money is required nor expected.
Resident households contriubute $75/month/home or family to the community. Non-resident members contribute $35 month. This sustains us for taxes, insurance, electricity for common buildings and rentals, and our monthly charitable donations. We have a reserve account for our community well maintenance and repairs.
- Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
- Energy sources: Solar
- Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
- Current food produced: Up to 25%
- Planned food produced: From 50-75%
- Food produced locally: Between 26-49%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Outbuilding(s)
- Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
- Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Yes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
- Additional Diet Comments:
There are two community garden plots. More gardeners=more food grown and shared.
Some of our members are in sobriety so community events like potlucks and Thanksgiving dinner are alcohol free.
Tobacco smoke is toxic and highly discouraged. Smoking can also be a fire hazard. If a potential renter or member smokes or chews tobacco, we would encourage resources and assistance for them to release this addiction.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Christian, Buddhist, Wiccan, Quaker, Paganism or Earth Religions
- Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Quaker founded, active Quaker worship group
Southwest, Quaker, LBGT, Non-violent, Peaceful, Desert, Mexico, sustainable, gardening, border issue