The Durham Public School Hub Farm is run by a small team of dedicated individuals! Our staff is supported by the Career and Technical Education department at DPS along with an Advisory Board and our non-profit arm- Friends of the Hub Farm. Meet our farm staff on your next visit to the Hub!
Rick Sheldahl – Director, DPS Career and Technical Services. Rick comes from the backwoods of Oregon where he attended grades 1-8 in a one-room school with his phenomenal father as his teacher. The experience his youth provided is something that most young people today could not even imagine! Rick spent 24 years in the Navy, four of which were at the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering. In 1994, he transferred from active duty into the reserves and started a new career in education where he has been blessed to serve children for the past 20 years in a variety of jobs, the current being Career and Technical Education Director for Durham Public Schools. Rick is a man of deep faith who believes in the worth of every child and he is thrilled to have a part in developing the DPS Hub Farm for the Durham community.
Reid Rosemond, Farmer & Educator. Reid Samuel Rosemond is a work whistler and a flower sniffer. At the Hub Farm, Reid excels at building and growing the farm infrastructure and working alongside student groups. He is both an Americorps Alumni and a certified Sustainable Building Designer from the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont. Reid is also a co-founder of Sol Food Mobile Farm, which encourages small urban farming practice and education across the country. Reid is an enthusiastic bike commuter and has been seen carting mulch, compost and other such things on his bike. When introduced, it is often said, “Reid, it rhymes with seed, and he has planted many, indeed!” Reid also works with pre-K students every week at the Durham LEAP program as a Garden Educator.
Grant Ruhlman, Farmer & Educator. Growing up Grant spend his free time on camping trips and in summer gardens that have continued to inspired his feelings around environmental stewardship and sustainable agriculture. He is a proud graduate of Rowan County Public Schools in Salisbury, North Carolina and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies (concentration in Natural Resource Management) from UNC Wilmington. He also served as an Americorps Member in Roseburg, Oregon and then went on to become an environmental educator at Sound to Sea. Sound to Sea remains one of the few fully Accredited Environmental Education programs in the state of North Carolina. Grant now serves as a Lead Educator and Farmer at the Hub Farm. He has 5 years of experience in small-scale sustainable agriculture projects in Maine, Oregon, California, and North Carolina. Grant’s favorite thing about the Hub Farm is using the garden as an experiential tool to empower DPS students to thrive and find their own unique talents. When he’s not working with students at the Hub Farm, Grant spends time running a Durham-based micro-kombucha business called Homebucha.
Eliza Bordley, Program Coordinator. Eliza is a Durham native and a proud graduate of the Durham Public School system (George Watts K-5th and Durham School of the Arts 6th-12th). Eliza earned her Bachelors degree from the College of Charleston and is now pursuing a Masters degree from NC State University in Landscape Architecture. Eliza has been working in food-security organizations for the last six years and is the owner of Panther Creek Farm and co-founder of Sol Food Mobile Farm. She brings an array of skills with her from her time with LoMo Market, Sol Patch Farms, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and the Green River Preserve. She has worked with many different urban farms and school gardens and loves getting students connected to their local food ecosystem. Eliza’s role at the Hub Farm is helping schools to schedule field trips, working with volunteers and connecting the Hub Farm with community efforts such as the Durham Food and Farm Network. When Eliza isn’t on the farm she enjoys hiking with her dogs, fly fishing and cooking at home!
Ashley Meredith, AmeriCorps Service Member, Curriculum Development & Volunteer Coordinator. Ashley hails from the Old Dominion state of Virginia where she has spent a lot of time in the mountain forests of the Blue Ridge, the marshes of the Chesapeake Bay, and everywhere in between. Ashley graduated with a Bachelors degree in Geology and Conservation Biology from the College of William & Mary. In her summers, she has worked as a student researcher and summer camp counselor. This past summer, she worked as the Family Consumer Sciences and 4-H Intern with the Virginia Cooperative Extension doing environmental and life skills education in Arlington, VA. At the Hub Farm, Ashley coordinates volunteer workdays, manages our social media presence, and helps with field trips that come out to the farm. After farm hours, you can find Ashley out hiking/climbing, cooking, or playing volleyball!