Hart’s Mill

Last updated: June 15, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: March 23, 2008

Hart’s Mill

(Efland, North Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Address:
    555 xxxxx
    Efland, North Carolina, 27243
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact us through our website.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

ecovillage community

Community Description:

Hart’s Mill seeks people with appropriate skill sets and resources to establish an agricultural-based ecovillage on 114 acres of prime, raw agricultural land located west of the Research Triangle Park area. We are located approximately 10 minutes west of Chapel Hill in the Efland area. There is an adjacent 55 acres that may also be in the mix. None of the land has any housing or structures as yet, however this will all change beginning in 2013.

We have completed our visioning process, written our vision, mission and membership documents and begun recruitment. We envision growing a community to somewhere between 36 and 100 people. The size of the community will depend upon the carrying capacity of the land. As of this writing we are in the process of site planning using permaculture, bioharmony and other sustainable principles. We are actively seeking people who wish to join our community who have the necessary skills and talents to help us transform raw land into a functioning ecovillage.

In addition to our work with the land, we seek to develop strong social, organizational and economic components. Socially we will strive for authentic inter-personal relationships, development of trust, non-violent communication and dynamic governance (sociocracy). Organizationally we are combining use of the non-profit organization, land trust and housing cooperative to achieve our community goals. Economically we are developing new models for finance, business development and affordability. Several of us have our own businesses. Additionally, we hope to develop community-based enterprises which can provide employment for our members.

We’re well networked with other intentional communities and are big believers in not reinventing the wheel. We have good relations with other intentional communities in North Carolina and are exploring opportunities for increased cooperation and collaboration.


  • Adult Members: 32
  • Child Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Any and all


Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other


  • Type: Other
  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: We are egalitarian in both philosophy and practice.

    We make decisions by consent, using sociocracy as our governance model

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 114 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current Number of Residences: 10
  • Additional Comments: Currently developing ownership model.

    Group housing for farmworkers is additional.


Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: TBD







  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%


  • Dietary Practice: Other


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


  • Additional comments: TBD


    We’re planning to group housing by dietary and other preferences.

    We’re planning to group housing by dietary and other preferences.


Additional Comments

2013 expected

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