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, a greenhouse, an apiary with nine beehives, 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