Friends of the Hub Farm

We are very happy to announce that the DPS Hub Farm has officially established a non-profit, the Friends of the DPS Hub Farm. The mission of the group is to raise money and other resources to participate in and support the educational mission of the DPS Hub Farm.

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


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!


The responsibilities of the non-profit organization are to:

  • Attract and mobilize parents and community leaders to be champions of the Hub Farm
  • Raise and expend funds and in-kind resources to support the educational activities, operations, and capital improvements at the Hub Farm
  • Develop and track a set of outcomes to demonstrate the value of the Hub Farm on students
  • Convene and coordinate partnerships that support the Hub Farm’s educational activities and operations
  • Be the organizational infrastructure for entrepreneurial activities at the Hub Farm
  • Share the story of the Hub Farm and its impact throughout DPS and to other communities
  • Convene and coordinate teams to advise on the educational programming and site design of the Hub Farm


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!



We are very privileged to have a few of the founding members of the DPS Hub Farm Advisory Team serve on the Board of the Friends of the DPS Hub Farm. Our current board members include:

  • Katherine Gill
    • Principal landscape architect, Tributary Land Design, PLLC
  • Martha Pritchett
    • Owner, Bennett Pritchett Realty

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
    Durham Public Schools – District Wellness Coordinator