Hart’s Mill Ecovillage

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

  • Last updated: February 29, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: March 23, 2008

Mission Statement

We are an agrarian intentional community: restorative in our agriculture, sustainable in our designs and practices, collaborative in our social and work life, and celebratory and creative in all that we do.

Community Description

Hart’s Mill Ecovillage is an evolving community planned for a beautiful 112-acre expanse of fields, streams and woods located 10 miles west of Hillsborough in Orange County, NC. Our vision is to provide a tangible example of integrated ecologically, socially and economically sustainable ways of living for residents plus entrepreneurial partners and visitors. We also intend for it to be a model and educational resource for others who wish to forge similar endeavors.
We seek to create a compact village-style rural housing cooperative with 30 homes. Our goal is to establish a high quality of life while minimizing resource use and preserving the majority of the land in agriculture, woodlands, and open space. The initiative is being led by a group of local residents who intend to live at Hart’s Mill. Hart’s Mill has been founded with the intention of modeling integrated, low-impact approaches to residential development and land stewardship. Elements of this goal include:
 adoption of the best site and building design principles and practices for reducing use of energy, water, and other resources
 management of the land for diversified food and timber production, wildlife habitat, recreation, research and education
 opportunities for aging in place within a vibrant multi-generational community
 accessibility to flexible, affordable housing options
 onsite opportunities for farm and home-based employment
 a high degree of self-sufficiency in food, fiber, and energy
The size of our village allows us to know each other deeply, while nourishing social relationships, food production, employment opportunities, and shared facilities to meet many of our needs on-site. Our governance is sociocracy, and we welcome new members who would like to participate in making Hart’s Mill a reality.
We achieved re-zoning in November, 2015, and we plan to break ground in 2017.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Start Living Together: 2017
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.hartsmill.org
  • Contact Name: Paul Voss
  • Mailing Address:
    P.O.Box 2844
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land in the permitting or zoning stage
  • Area: 112 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Planned number of residences: 30
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    Rural housing cooperative

    Farmworker housing


  • Adult Members: 40
  • Child Members: 6
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 0%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us through our website.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    3-tiered membership process, described on our web site: http://www.hartsmill.org/get-involved/membership/


  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:



Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

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

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

Additional Comments

2017 expected

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


ecovillage, sustainability, permaculture, farm, solar, sociocracy