The Durham Public Schools Hub Farm is a 30 acre farm, forest and aquatic habitat located at 117 Milton Road in Durham, North Carolina. Our property is down the street from Northern High Schools and directly adjacent to Eno Valley Elementary School and Carrington Middle School. The farm is spearheaded by Durham Public Schools Career-Technical Education department and guided by a small staff and advisory board. Our programs engages students, teachers, and the greater Durham community in all aspects of sustainable farming systems, environmental stewardship, health and nutrition, and career development.
Mission & Vision
The Hub Farm’s mission is to improve the academic achievement and health of students in Durham Public Schools through project-based learning in outdoor environments. Supporting this mission, the Hub Farm site includes food production gardens, rain gardens, pollinator gardens, beehives, a floating lab, ecological study areas of forest, ponds, wetland and streams. We are a robust and diverse community with strong institutional partnerships. This network of partnerships helps us to leverage the physical resources on the farm for the health and nutritional development of Durham’s students.
The Hub Farm is a central component in a healthier local food system for Durham, where focused instruction across all areas of study coincides with greater physical activity, food awareness, and outdoor experiences.
In late 2011, a team of educators, teachers and community members formed to brainstorm ways to put to use 30 acres of vacant public school land. From the spring of 2012 until the Hub Farm’s official launch on-site, a series of community design charrettes, planning and formal documentation and mater planning for the Hub Farm were developed to create the seeds of the Hub Farm. The team coalesced around the idea of a farm that would serve as a hub for DPS students and the community. The Hub Farm would also be a hub for several DPS priorities, including student health, career readiness and community engagement. The planning gained traction and, with the support of DPS’s Career and Technical Education program, the Hub Farm had its official Vine-Cutting launch in October 2012 at the site.
Before the land was owned by DPS, George Lunsford Carrington (1893–1972), was the proprietor. Carrington donated the land to Durham County during the early 1900s. He was also generous in his contributions through the years to educational, medical, and religious interests. He was known in his profession for a long list of published research papers. Talented in writing, he had been editor of The University of North Carolina Daily Tar Heel. His interest in education also dated from his school years; upon graduation, he served as a principal in the Durham school system for a year before entering medical training at the university.
[Adapted from https://www.ncpedia.org/biography/carrington-george]