"For 5 years I have worked very closely with Katherine Gill of Tributary on the development of an experiential learning facility for the children of Durham Public Schools. She has been a critical member of a very small team that has transformed an unused plot of 30 acres belonging to the school system into a thriving facility which hosts a constant stream of students. Through The Hub Farm, our students are exposed to organic food systems, environmental issues, nutrition-education, and career opportunities through hands-on learning. I would definitely hire Tributary Land Design + Build again. They have always exceeded my expectations!"
Richard Sheldahl, Career and Technical Education Director, Durham Public Schools
The Durham Public Schools Hub Farm is a 32 acre plot of land in North Durham that is owned by the public school system but was not being used in 2012. In collaboration with school administrators, community partners, teachers, students and a strong , citizen group, Katherine Gill has led the vision, development, design, and implementation of turning this fallow piece of land into a district-wide farm and outdoor learning lab for the Durham Public School System.
Now in it’s fourth year of operation, the Hub Farm hosts approximately 4,000 students per year to engage in hands-on learning opportunities at the Hub Farm. Katherine has led community design workshops, mentored high school interns, managed staff and developed partnerships with programs and organizations both within the school system and with the Durham County Public Health Department and other local organizations. Her work to develop, design, run, and make this grass-roots initiative a reality is visionary and has developed into a model that can be replicated throughout the school system and other districts in the state.
Year: March 2012-Present
Cost: Grassroots: 30K-120K/YR and Growing
Contact: Richard Sheldahl, Director of Career and Technical Education
Role: Prime Consultant
Services: Project Development, Strategic Planning, Master and Site Planning, Organizational Development, Non-profit Establishment, Grant-writing, Fundraising, Community Engagement and Partnership Development
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