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 therapeutic programs and activities for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.

Staff and volunteers broke ground and planted a community garden in the fall of 2012. The farm also include: a greenhouse, a high tunnel, a flock of heritage-breed chickens, and a walking trail.

Current programs include Horticultural Therapy, a farmer-led gardening group, yoga, cooking classes, and community farm workdays.

Most of the food grown at the farm is provided to individuals receiving services through the Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health.

Participants in Penny Lane programs are limited to Center clients, with referrals made by Center clinicians.

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Farm Tours
We set aside Thursday afternoons for farm tours. Please contact the Farm Program Manager to schedule a visit.

Matt Ballard, MSW, MDiv
Farm Program Manager
Office: 919-445-0665

Horticulture Therapy Program


For information, contact:  Farm Program Manager – 919-445-0665

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

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