The UNC Farm at Penny Lane
Hope Grows Here
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.
Tour the farm on Thursday afternoons. Please contact the Farm Program Manager, Matt Ballard to schedule a visit or call 919-445-0665.