Our community members with severe mental illness will live longer, healthier, inclusive, and more self-sufficient lives.
The Farm at Penny Lane partners with individuals with mental illness to grow nutritious food for themselves and others and offers integrated, community-based, therapeutic programs in an inclusive farm setting.
We set aside Thursday afternoons for farm tours. Please contact the Farm Program Manager to schedule a visit.
- The Farm was established through a partnership between the nonprofit XDS Inc. and the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health (CECMH).
Collaborating with the North Carolina Botanical Gardens and Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, volunteers broke ground for a Community Garden in the fall. The K-Bird walking trail was also blazed.
Horticultural Therapy sessions began to be offered to CECMH clients.
- Volunteer work days took place every Friday morning.
- A greenhouse with a demonstration aquaponics system was built and an apiary was established.
Fifty, heritage-breed chicks arrived and the garden area was expanded to approximately one-half acre.
Produce was delivered weekly to CECMH’s Carr Mill clinic for clients to take free of charge and was sold at the Fearrington Farmers Market.
Volunteer work days took place twice each week and on one Saturday per month.
A partnership formed with Communities in Schools of Chatham County with supervised youth providing community service hours at the farm.
- Chatham Assertive Community Treatment clients and Club Insight members began receiving produce and eggs on a weekly basis.
- The high tunnel construction was completed and the chickens moved to a more sheltered area.
- The farm began using permaculture design and growing principles.
The Farm at Penny Lane is appreciative of the support it receives from many local, state, and national organizations.
UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church
Sustainable Poultry Network
UNC Department of Allied Health Sciences
UNC Department of Psychiatry
UNC School of Nursing
UNC School of Social Work
NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Communities in Schools of Chatham County