Woodburn Hill Farm

Mechanicsville, Maryland, United States

  • Last updated: January 14, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Earth Based — Economical Living

Community Description

Woodburn Hill Farm is a unique sanctuary for her busy residents. Founded in 1975, WHF’s 128 acres of fields and forest rest gently among neighboring traditional Amish farms. Yet, located in southern Maryland about 40 miles southeast of the nation’s capital, we have the opportunity to experience its social, cultural, and political diversity.

Lifestyles here reflect our values of cooperative and ecological living, diversity, and nonviolence. We meet regularly to conduct necessary business and occasionally to share our hearts and concerns for better community process and communication. Decisions are made through consensus. We often celebrate earth cycles at equinox, solstice, cross-quarter days like Samhain and Beltane, etc.

Presently our eclectic, multiracial group brings many talents home. We are artists, teachers, acupuncture and massage therapists, and chimneysweeps. And yoga instructors, antique dealers, RNs, and musicians. Some are activists, writers, and environmentalists.

We hold the land through a Chapter S corporation. Residents are encouraged, though not required, to become shareholders. All pay a monthly “rent” that usually covers our operating costs. Our six residences run the spectrum from 50-year-old Amish farmhouses to renovated chicken houses to modular geothermal-heated dwellings.

While WHF is an established cooperative, we seek to grow more sustainable. With this awareness, we strive to become better in building community and are in search of like-minded innovators. We are open to youthful energies of all ages—singles, couples, families.

Our preference is for inquiries from people who live nearby in VA, DC, and MD, especially folks who value cooperative living, ecological and social justice, spirituality, and collaborative working.

Please call or email us to explore more about Woodburn Hill Farm. And check us out on Facebook.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1975
  • Start Living Together: 1975
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Community Address:
    27290 Woodburn Hill Rd
    Mechanicsville, Maryland, 20659
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 128 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: Woodburn Hill Farm, Ltd.
  • Additional Comments:

    Chapter S corporation


  • Adult Members: 10
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Email, please.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Visit, hopefully more than once. Work with us. Meet everyone. Make a formal request and answer a brief questionaire. Group consensus process.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    Couple hours per month plus seasonal workparties

    monthly rent

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Biomass, Geothermal
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • 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.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist, Quaker, Native American, Unitarian Universalist
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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