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Hub Farm Receives Grant from Duke Energy Foundation


DPS’s innovative Hub Farm wins a grant from Duke Energy Foundation to revitalize wetland

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.

The 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.

“We are so excited to have the support of local community organizations, corporations, and businesses as we build a better Hub Farm,” said Ashley Meredith, Hub Farm program coordinator. “The new meadow and wetland will complement our new pavilion and outdoor classroom space nicely.”

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.

“North Carolina’s natural resources are a state treasure, and by collaborating with our trusted nonprofit partners we accomplish more to protect and preserve species, habitats and water sources,” said Stephen De May, NC president, Duke Energy. “Both in Duke Energy’s business practices and in Duke Energy Foundation’s grantmaking we’re working to ensure that future generations enjoy and benefit from all that North Carolina’s natural landscapes have to offer.”

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