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The Farm At Penny Lane

The Farm at Penny Lane, located on 40 acres in northern Chatham County, uses a holistic and sustainable approach to enhance the quality of life of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness by offering opportunities to become healthier and more self-sufficient.

Our major goals:

  • Maximize social, cognitive, physical, and psychological functioning of participants
  • Enhance the general health and wellness of individuals
  • Facilitate entrepreneurship for program participants
  • Break down barriers in the community and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness

The farm is in development and currently includes a community garden, greenhouse, high tunnel, learning kitchen, an apiary, a flock of heritage-breed chickens, and a walking trail.

Thava Mahadevan, MS, 
Director of the Farm at Penny Lane
Director of Operations at the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health