Friends of the Hub Farm

Friends of the DPS Hub Farm is a non-profit 501c3 organization that supports the educational mission of the DPS Hub Farm.

The Friends of the Hub Farm is currently seeking individuals to serve on the volunteer board. If you are passionate about the value of experiential learning and have experience in communication, outreach, agriculture, food system, design, fundraising, or financial and legal expertise, please contact us at to discuss the role.

Board responsibilities:

  1. Provide strategic assistance in the growth and development of the DPS Hub Farm and in their efforts to improve the academic achievement and health of students in Durham Public Schools (DPS) through project-based learning in outdoor environments.
  2. Serve as liaison and advocate in communications and planning with DPS.
  3. Convene and coordinate community partnerships.
  4. Provide support in development efforts, including but not limited to grant applications, private donations, fundraising events, and entrepreneurial endeavors (e.g. CSA, Farm Stand).
  5. Share the story of the Hub Farm and its impact through media and communication efforts.
  6. Track and report outcomes of programming, and annually review the progress of the DPS Hub Farm and publish and annual report.
  7. Recruit and mobilize supporters and volunteers, including DPS parents.

Projects like our “Floating Lab”, built by NC State Architecture students, are important testaments to the power of community collaboration! Join our Board today and help us build more of these powerful projects for our students!

Our current board members include:

  • Katherine Gill, Board Chair, Principal landscape architect, Tributary Land Design, PLLC
  • Martha Pritchett
  • Frances Cullen
  • Jennifer Vuillermet
  • Linda Tugurian
  • Jocelyn Glazier

Meet Katherine Gill, Board Director:

Katherine Gill is a founding member of the Hub Farm, is the Board Director for Friends of the Hub Farm and the principle Landscape Architect for Tributary Design + Build. At age 13, on a walk with her dad, Katherine declared she wanted to run a school that is a farm. Since that time, Katherine has honed her passion and knowledge around land design, land use and how to engage people of all ages in the design, build and stewardship of the land. As a landscape architect with extensive experience designing and building school campuses and edible gardens around Durham, Katherine became very interested in how the school system could better capitalize on its outdoor space to increase educational opportunities, better connect and provide students with healthy food and better manage the school system’s land assets. Katherine first got involved with the Hub Farm in the early spring of 2012 when discussions were just starting to formulate around DPS having a farm. Since that time she has been an invaluable member of the Hub Farm team!

Former Advisory Team members who helped create the Hub Farm include:

  • Mark Dessauer
    Communications Director, BCBS Foundation
  • Mike Dupree
    Agricultural Economic Director, Durham County
  • Erin White
    Principal, Community Food Lab
  • Alicia Butler  
    Farmer and Arts Educator, Green Button Farm
  • Heidi Carter
    Board Chair, Durham School Board
  • Blaise Cote
    MBA Candidate, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business
  • Emily Egge
    Executive Director, SEEDS
  • Tyrone Hall, MPH, RD, LDN
    Adolescent Nutritionist, Durham County Health Department
  • James Keaten
    Executive Director, Durham Public Schools, Department of School Nutrition Services
  • Michelle Kloda
    Exhibit Development Coordinator, Museum of Life and Science
  • Phoebe Lawless
    Owner and Chef, Scratch Bakery
  • Dan Schnitzer
    Sustainability Coordinator, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
  • Kate Turner, MPH
    former Durham Public Schools – District Wellness Coordinator