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 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.

We’re developing a Youth Community Garden! This opportunity is open to all youth between the ages of 8 – 18. YouthCan will provide hands-on experience in garden development, agriculture, teamwork, and understanding the economics and compassion of providing for your community.

Register your child(ren) by contacting us at info@ucan.today.

Various Promo for Events
Our original scheduled date for our Black History Month Event was canceled due to the weather forecast. We will now be hosting that event on Saturday, March 11th! We hope you all can join us as we dive into Durham history with our panelists (that will include influential figures in Durham), and history of the Catawba Trail Farm with the UCAN team and other special guests. There will also be an African drumming performance by Johnny Roots. Light refreshments will be served. 




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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.

We have joined Amazon Smile! Now you can support UCAN at the Catawba Trail Farm every time you shop through/with Amazon. Each time you use our link when shopping Amazon will donate .05% of your purchase to UCAN. There is no change in your shopping experience, prices, etc. This just a way for Amazon to support nonprofits. Thanks Amazon and thanks to each of you for your support! 



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

You Can Make A Difference with UCAN!

As we enter into the season of giving, it is our hope that you’ll consider donating to Urban Community AgriNomics (UCAN) in support of our organization’s capacity building and infrastructure development and repurposing.  UCAN’s campaign this year, is a matching grant/campaign with a goal of $80,000. With the matching grant, we’re seeking $40,000 with the remaining half being generously donated by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  100% of funds raised will support our growth of staff and need for contractors; both will directly impact the services, programs and activities we offer to the community.

 UCAN Catawba Trail Farm is on land that was a part of the greater Stagville slave plantation. It holds much history of our African-American and Native American descendants. In all that we do, we make sure to continue telling the story of our ancestors and ensuring that the knowledge and skills they passed down to us, are passed down to the next generations. This history includes on-site buildings that UCAN is in the process of repurposing and preserving. We also plan to construct  new and necessary infrastructures.

Your support, whether that is financial or sharing our campaign (or both!), is greatly appreciated by the Urban Community AgriNomics team. It’ll assist us in continuing to Grow Communities, One Seed At a Time! 

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Thank you for donating to our ‘Giving Tuesday’ campaign! Your giving will make an impact to our organization and the Durham Community. 


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

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!