I'm clearing a north-facing hill in GA by myself, too, right now. I plan to grow shade-tolerant plants there: fiddle head ferns, gingers and other rhizome-type herbs, some greens...but, mostly perennials since many seeds need heat to germinate and I have flatter land for annual beds. I am thinking that I should alternate down the hill - shrubs-size hugelkulture, then short (under 2'), then shrub-size hugelculture again. Not sure yet. Still clearing it. I will try to keep them all low, though, so sun can reach them as well as possible.
I am worried about ground cover there, though. I don't have the money for bark for the paths and I doubt if clover or grass will be too happy there. An invasive ground cover may've begun to creep it's way there anyway - pennywort, I think.