Mission and Vision
The Hub Farm’s mission is to improve the academic achievement and well-being of students in Durham Public Schools through experiential outdoor learning.
The Hub Farm is a 30 acre farm, forest and aquatic habitat in Durham, North Carolina.
We engage students, teachers, and the greater Durham community in environmental stewardship, health and nutrition, and career development.
Our diverse community network and strong institutional partnerships 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 school system where interdisciplinary instruction supports physical activity, food awareness, and outdoor experiences.
Our Farming Philosophy
We strive to support our honey bees and native pollinators in all that we do here at the farm. Year-round we focus on planting cover crops, native flowering plants, and fruit trees to provide forage and habitat to all of our insect neighbors.
In late 2011, a team of educators, teachers and community members brainstormed ways to put to use 30 acres of vacant public school land. The team coalesced around the idea of a farm that would serve as a hub for DPS students and the community. The Hub Farm serve for several DPS priorities, including student health, career readiness and community engagement. 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 generous through the years to educational, medical, and religious interests. Talented in writing, he had was the editor of The University of North Carolina Daily Tar Heel and published many research papers. His interest in education was present throughout his life; upon graduation, he served as a principal in the Durham school system for a year before entering medical training at the university.