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.

*We ARE currently recruiting new members. Check back on our website to submit an interest inquiry.*

Board responsibilities:

  1. Provide strategic assistance in the growth and development of the DPS Hub Farm and 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 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 through media and communications.
  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!

Our current board members include:

  • Martha Pritchett, Board Chair
  • Linda Tugurian, Board Co-Chair
  • Frances Cullen, Board Treasurer
  • Sarah Yelton, Board Secretary
  • Katherine Gill
  • Jennifer Vuillermet
  • Jocelyn Glazier
  • Mike Dupree
  • Debbie Sears

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

  • Mark Dessauer, Communications Director, BCBS Foundation
  • 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, former Executive Director, SEEDS
  • Tyrone Hall, MPH, RD, LDN, Adolescent Nutritionist, Durham Health Dept.
  • James Keaten, School Nutrition Director, Durham Public Schools
  • 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 DPS District Wellness Coordinator

Meet Katherine Gill, former Board Director:

Katherine Gill was a founding member of the Hub Farm and served as Board Director for Friends of the Hub Farm. She is 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. She remains an invaluable advocate for the Hub Farm and we are grateful for her support!