Catawba Trail Farm | Durham, North Carolina

Growing Communities One Seed at a Time!


Urban Community AgriNomics (UCAN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded April 29th, 2016 by sisters, Delphine Godley Sellars and Lucille Godley Patterson. This organization reflects their desire to engage the community of Northern Durham with skills based in agriculture and providing a place for those within the community to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. UCAN has donated over 30,000lbs of fresh vegetables and fruits, through local harvesting and gleaning events sponsored by the Society of St. Andrews. UCAN provides opportunities for a diverse group of board members and volunteers. A partnership with Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) lead to a User Licensure Agreement, resulting in the creation and development of the Catawba Trail Farm.


Join us every Saturday (weather permitting) from 9am to 12pm (Fall and Winter) or 8am to 11am (Summer) for a diversity of farm related activities and programming. For updates on our workdays, check our social media platforms!

We have raised beds available at the Catawba Trail Farm! If you’re interested, please contact our Garden Manager, Lucille Patterson, at lpatterson@ucan.today.

Step into history with UCAN’s BUILDBLACK Program—an empowering intergenerational journey aimed at reclaiming spaces that once held the legacy of enslaved bodies. Join us as we embark on a transformative mission to repurpose land and buildings, turning painful narratives into spaces of resilience and growth.
Our program is a unique opportunity to bring together skilled workers from diverse backgrounds, fostering collaboration and shared learning. Together, we’ll harness our collective expertise to revitalize these historic spaces, honoring the past while shaping a more inclusive and equitable future.
This poster was created for Urban Community AgriNomics (UCAN) by Dr. McAdoo and his graduate students. Isn’t it wonderful?
We’d love for you to take a moment and read through this ‘Black Earth Matters: Soil Justice and Black Farms in North Carolina’ poster, and dive deep into the history of The Catawba Trail Farm, soil and geology information, and the issue of food insecurity.


Our newsletters are a great way for you to stay up to date with our events, activities, campaigns and more! 

Harvesting History, Sowing a future

Join Urban Community AgriNomics (UCAN)  for our 2023 Giving Tuesday Campaign and be part of history in the making! We’re raising funds to revitalize the historic R.H. Wright Building, preserving its rich past while ushering in a vibrant future.

This space will be transformed into our welcoming hub, complete with a museum showcasing the history of this land we call the Catawba Trail Farm, a farmers market (where community members will have access to affordable, fresh, locally grown produce), and a versatile meeting space where we’ll host on-site programs.

Your support ensures this significant project flourishes, making an indelible impact on our community. By donating to UCAN, you’re fostering sustainable development, nurturing our rich history, and securing a brighter tomorrow. Plus, don’t forget, your contributions are tax-deductible as UCAN is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. Join us as we work together to light up our community’s future, one step at a time.

Rebuilding and Strengthening the Catawba Trail Farm

The response to the theft at the Catawba Trail Farm was so heartwarming and healing. Things happen and sometimes lessons are learned the hard way, not the worst way. Thank you for your caring spirit and  love of community.
I am pleased to share that the thieves have been apprehended. In the same breath I urge us to pray for the needed resource directed at the recovery of those in the grips of drug addiction. 
We are honored that you desire to assist UCAN in recovering our tools. All funds remaining after replacing tools will be used to upgrade our security system. UCAN is thankful for the system we have but realize that we need better for the sake of safety and stewardship.

Donate to
urban Community AgriNomics

There are a few ways we are accepting donations. Please see the options and choose which one is best for you! If you have any questions, contact us at info@ucan.today

If donating through CashApp or Zelle – please make a note that payment is for our fundraising campaign. Thank you!

UCAN’s Cash App username: $2080Catawba

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Phone number associated with UCAN’s Zelle account:  919-599-1533

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Our Mission

Urban Community AgriNomic’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of our community. UCAN provides education and skill acquisition in healthy lifestyles, seed-to-table food preparation and preservation, and hands-on STEAM and Agriculture knowledge. UCAN provides Durham residents with access to resources to grow their own healthy food in a supportive environment, using sustainable practices.

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What We've Achieved

This organization, with the help of supportive and hardworking Co-founders, team members, and volunteers, has been able to serve the community. Providing fruits & vegetables to families and those in need, and educating the youth and others on agriculture; which is a necessary tool to have and always be prepared! 

Join us in making an impact!