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 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

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
  • Mark Dessauer
    Communications Director, BCBS Foundation
  • Martha Pritchett
    Owner, Bennett Pritchett Realty

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 [email protected] to discuss the role.

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

  • 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