Hub Farm Improves Facility With Grant From Duke Energy Foundation
Funds will go toward wetland restoration and enhancing outdoor learning
Durham Public Schools recently received a $20,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation toward wetland restoration and enhancing outdoor learning at its innovative Hub Farm program.
Hub Farm is a 30-acre farm, forest and aquatic outdoor learning center in Durham located near Eno Valley Elementary, Carrington Middle and Northern High schools. It engages students, teachers and the greater Durham community in environmental stewardship, health and nutrition, and career development.
Since the Hub Farm’s official launch in October 2012, resources have grown to include production and habitat gardens, chickens, ducks, a barn, nature trails, a floating lab, outdoor classrooms and harvest and cooking stations. Thousands of Durham Public Schools students and other community members have explored the land to learn about food production and land stewardship through hands-on, experiential learning.
Including the Duke Energy Foundation’s generous Powerful Communities grant, more than $76,000 has been raised to transform a defunct irrigation pond on the property into a thriving wetland and meadow stormwater management system. The design will include a flat meadow area, a slope down into a wetland basin and a constructed stream outflowing to the remaining pond.