NEWS & VIEWS

NC Grown Vegetables: Donation Pickup!

UCAN was honored to partner with Farmer FoodShare on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 to provide FREE fresh vegetables to the community. The turnout was a huge success; more than 60 cars! It was such a blessing to see how many families were positively impacted with being able to pickup fresh vegetables to provide for their households, neighbors, and friends! We were able to share with Jeanette Hicks, who is a resident at The Timber Springs Apartments Senior Community, in Garner NC. They received sweet potatoes, white potatoes, lettuce, and bok chow. They were really excited to receive these fresh vegetables and are looking forward to coming out to the Catawba Trail Farm very soon. A special thank you to everyone who helped up distribute and to Farmer FoodShare, Society of Saint Andrews, and Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church Two Fish Five Loaves Food Pantry!

Our Executive Director, Delphine Sellars, was spotlighted by OMD4theplanet on Juneteenth!

 

Today on #Juneteenth, we are shining a spotlight on leaders in the agricultural movement around the US, who are working to promote food justice; provide access to healthy, plant-based foods; support better environmental stewardship, and improve community health from the ground up. Visit hellajuneteenth.com to learn more about this important holiday.

1️⃣ Leah Penniman, author, educator and cofounder of @soulfirefarm:
Leah’s vision isn’t just to offer a working farm and training ground for aspiring sustainable farmers of color, but also to create a new food culture through activism and healing. “There are a lot of tears,” Penniman says. “As my friend says, ‘the land was the scene of the crime.’ It’s where slavery and sharecropping and all the oppression took place, but I would add that she [the land] was never the criminal. In fact, the land was probably the reason we survived.”
2️⃣ Ron Finley, founder of @RonFinleyProject
Noted as ‘The Gangsta Gardener’, Ron started his journey in South Los Angeles by planting a garden on the neglected curbside parkway outside his home. He simply wanted to grow a carrot without toxic pesticides. The city fought him, but Ron fought back – and won. This marked the beginning of The Ron Finley Project – where his goal is to build an urban garden in his community to serve as an example of a well-balanced, fruit-and-veggie oasis.
3️⃣ Delphine Sellars, co-founder, @urbancommunityagrinomics
Urban Community AgriNomics is a nonprofit focused on integrating agriculture into the health and well-being of urban communities. Based in Durham, UCAN has been restoring an estate that was once part of North Carolina’s plantation system, transforming it into a community garden.

Beehive Installation!

If you hear buzzing around Catawba Trail Farm or see people in strange outfits, do not panic! Thanks to our plot owners/beekeepers extraordinaire; Amanda and Mel, and Cheralyn Berry (the magnificent agent of Durham Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, Local Foods Coordinator), we now have bees!

From arrival to move in day, the bees have a new home where they will be loved and cared for while helping our garden to thrive! 

Wow! We now have tow hives! There was a beautiful swarm at Briggs Avenue Community Garden on Friday (4/15/20), and wonderful, Ms.Berry, caught and delivered them to us. 

This is fantastically wonderful news for us!

Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2020

Celebrate Earth Day with us today by enjoying these UCAN Earth Day themed activities. Share your wordsearch and coloring sheet with us once completed! Also, for all of us to stay connected this year, share a video or picture of your Earth Day activities and join us on April 25th as we continue the celebration at Catawba Trail Farm by taking care of our environment!

Viola Talents by Joshua Forbes!

March 28th, 2020 

UCAN’s Secretary, Stephanie Forbe’s son, Joshua, took a short break from his volunteer work with us and blessed us with his musical talents this morning on our workday! With beautiful spring weather and great volunteers out at the farm, we had a wonderful Saturday morning!

 

Planting Mushrooms!

March 14th, 2020 

Delphine Sellars, Executive Director, taught volunteers and board members how to plant mushrooms out at the Catawba Trail Farm during our workday!

 

MLK DAY OF SERVICE 2020

We had our amazing team and group of volunteers join us on the MLK Day of Service out at the Catawba Trail Farm. A wonderful day with wonderful people!

AmeriCorps at the Catawba Trail Farm!

It is extremely hard to find the words to express our appreciation to Conservation Corps North Carolina and their AmeriCorps conservation crews for the work they are doing at the Catawba Trail Farm. Among the things this wonderful group of young people will be doing are: installing a fence around our in-ground planting area for protection from deer, building our chicken coop and building a deck and handicapped ramp on the Intergenerational House (formerly known as the corn crib). Their service will have a tremendous impact on our ability to provide services to Durham residents. Just having a safe usable infrastructure allows us to focus more attention on education, training and engagement.

https://www.conservationfund.org

https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps

 

 

CAPSULIZING UCAN'S JOURNEY AT THE 2019 NATIONAL LAND CONSERVATION CONFERENCE

Urban Community AgriNomics had the opportunity to present at the 2019 National Land Conference in Raleigh, NC on October 19th. Such a great way to share, connect and learn! 


Check out our presentation here: PRESENTATION

EARTH DAY 2019 WITH SELF-HELP COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM

For the 2019 Earth Day, Catawba Trail Farm had the opportunity to work with the Self-Help Community Service Team. Such a great team to celebrate earth day with! 

To find out more information on how you can volunteer at the UCAN Farm, check out our Contact page or email [email protected]

CANNING CLASSES!

July 2019 – Co-founders, Delphine Sellars and Lucille Patterson, hosted and taught canning classes at SEEDS in Durham, NC. For both classes they had great support from attendees who learned the canning process, engaged in raffle giveaways and fun with the UCAN team!

http://www.seedsnc.org

CATAWBA TRAIL FARM'S VISION PLAN

April 2019 – Executive Director, Delphine Sellars, receives UCAN’s Vision Plan that is being designed by Dr. Kofi Boone, ASLA, Department of Landscape Architecture at NC State University. 

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A Day With Youth From 'Partners for Youth Opportunity' and 'Durham 4-H'

On March 27th, 2019 the UCAN Farm had a day with these two amazing organizations. The youth worked on the garden with both Delphine and Lucille, and explored UCAN’s trail.

Partnership with The Forest at Duke​

“Special thanks to volunteers at The Forest at Duke for collecting, flattening and donating a car full of plastic bags for this project! We are so pleased to have the opportunity to partner with them for this project. This photo shows ILI Fellows, Delphine Sellars and Pat Fennell receiving the bags from Ann Huessener the Captain of The Forest at Duke Green Team. We look forward to partnering with them again!”

– Corporation for National & Community Service

Certificate Recipient!

Executive Director, Delphine Sellars, receives RSVP Intergenerational Learning Institute Certification.

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