The UNC Farm at Penny Lane

Six miles from the UNC Chapel Hill campus, the  UNC Farm at Penny Lane sits on a nearly 40-acre property UNC Penny Lane Campus in Pittsboro, N.C. The property is being developed as a respite with therapy programs and activities for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.

Current activities include, the Community Garden, and a Horticulture Therapy Program program. Future activities will include walking trails, an art and music studio, and eventually housing.

Community Garden

Staff and volunteers broke ground and planted a community garden in the fall of 2012. Bee hives, a green house, aquaponics and shitake mushrooms have been added to the garden area. Chickens also arrived in the Spring 2014. Food from the garden is distributed to patients/clients and others in the community.

Horticulture Therapy

The Community Garden is the center of a developing horticulture therapy program. A trained horticulture therapist guides patients/clients through recovery. Participants in the program learn about gardening, nutrition and how to prepare healthy food. Gardening also provides the opportunity for socializing and exercising.

The Center is collaborating with North Carolina Botanical Gardens at UNC  for its horticulture therapy program and the community garden.


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Media contact    Director of Communications

Thava Mahadevan, MS, , director of The UNC Farm at Penny Lane and operations at the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health or call 919-962-4919.

For information about The  UNC Farm at Penny Lane, Michelle Morehouse, Farm Manager 919-869-3419



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