Our Roots

Urban Community AgriNomics (UCAN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded April 29th, 2016 by sister, Delphine Godley Sellars and Lucille Godley Patterson. This organization reflects their desire to engage the community of North Durham with skills based in agriculture and providing a place for those within the community to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

UCAN has donated over 300lbs of fresh vegetables and fruits, participated in local harvesting and gleaning events sponsored by the Society of St. Andrews. UCAN provides  opportunities for a diverse group of board members and volunteers.

Through a partnership with Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC), UCAN was granted a User License Agreement of TLC's Snowhill IV Property where they are creating the Catawba Trail Farm.


Urban Community AgriNomics's mission is to improve the health and wellness of our community. Our programs shall provide education on healthy lifestyles, seed-to-table food preparation and preservation, and hands-on STEM and agricultural skills. We empower Durham families with access to resources to grow their own healthy food using sustainable practices in a supportive environment.

 UCAN'S Core Values

  • Create opportunities for all people to have equal access to fresh produce and the knowledge of how to grow it themselves.

  • Honor and respect the environment.

  • Educate individuals in how to create gardens; especially for communities that have limited green spaces.

  • Cultivate safe community spaces where residents come together to build relationships around agriculture.

  • Collaborate long term relationships based on trust and inclusion.


April 22nd, 2020

Happy Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day with us today by enjoying these UCAN Earth Day themed activities. Share your wordsearch and coloring sheet with us once completed! Also, for all of us to stay connected this year, share a video or picture of your Earth Day activities and join us on April 25th as we continue the celebration at Catawba Trail Farm by taking care of our environment!


Urban Community AgriNomics (UCAN) at Catawba Trail Farm is dedicated to increasing food security & educating the community on environmental sustainability on Earth Day & everyday! 


Join us in more Earth Day fun, as Executive Director, Delphine Sellars, shares her tips on planting in pots!



Conservation Crops North Carolina

This fall the Conservation Corps North Carolina will bring a crew to work with UCAN in the creation and restoration of the Catawba Trail Farm. They will be hiring for a number of temporary positions. Below is the link, which provides job description. Please share it with young people you think would sincerely be interested. The Conservation Corps would really like to hire locally. The closer the applicant lives to the farm the better; applicants who live near or in Durham.  We encourage those who are interested to take a look at UCAN's website and visit our Facebook page to get a feel of the work environment and what needs to be done. 

If you have any questions please contact Executive Director, Delphine Sellars!

 info@ucan.today OR call: 919-599-1533



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Please print, complete and provide to Garden Coordinator

Garden Coordinator:

Lucille Patterson



Our workdays include: 
splitting and stacking firewood 
cutting log into firewood lengths
burning burn debris. 
planting flower bulbs
planting vegetable seeds

Join us each Saturday from 9am to 1pm for farm site clean up in preparation for spring planting and a diversity of farm related activities and programming. 



Catawba Trail Farm Electricty Fundraiser December 2019

Want to join us in supporting a good cause? We are raising money for Urban Community Agri-Nomics and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support!


MARCH 12, 2020

Wild Ideas 

sponsored by Triangle Land Conservancy


TLC’s Wild Ideas series provides a unique venue for experts and the community to share their innovative ideas to safeguard clean water, protect natural habitats, support local farms and food, and connect people with nature in order to make the Triangle a more vibrant place for all of us to live, work, and play. Each event features five fast-paced presentations introduced by an emcee then is followed by an Expo of organizations, groups, and businesses actively working in fields related to the theme. 

NC Museum of Natural Sciences - Nature Research Center Raleigh

Check us out at the Catawba Farm Trail Booth! 

We will have some fun giveaways!

Urban Community Agrinomics

Catawba Trail Farm

2080 Sawmill Creek Pkwy, Durham, NC 27712, USA

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