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Top Raleigh and Durham Farms for Fresh Produce and Social Distancing

(The Triangle Trend) There’s nothing quite like farm-fresh produce in a salad, sandwich, or omelet. But running a farm, or even a garden is a task that many of us don’t have the resources or time to do. Thankfully, farms thrive down here in green North Carolina and locally sourced produce is a year-round occurrence. The only thing between you and your next head of cabbage is a GPS pointing you to the nearest farm’s location. And let’s just say that Durham locals have more than a few to choose from.

Hux Family Farm

1923 Shaw Rd, Durham, NC 27704

All visits and classes at Hux Family Farm are by registration only. They’re more than just the home of Goat Yoga in Durham. They offer summer camps, guided farm tours, sponsor appreciation time, reading with the goats, toddler time, and all their wellness programs with the goats. Including Goat Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, and other healing with animals. They also host private classes and events and sell their farm products such as goat milk, soap, and duck eggs.

During visits, social distancing of at least 6 ft is currently observed in all cases possible. They ask for no touching of any farm equipment, products, gates, fences, or other materials. Animals are the only exception.

Hux currently offers:

  • Virtual events for those that prefer to stay in their own space.
  • Lowered maximum attendee numbers for camp and therapeutic goat yoga.
  • Private healing programs and private farm tours for individuals, small groups, and families.
  • Private gatherings/parties and private goat yoga classes.

The Hub Farm

117 Milton Rd, Durham, NC 27712

The Hub Farm is a 30-acre farm, forest, and aquatic educational center in Durham, North Carolina.

They engage students, teachers, and the greater Durham community in environmental stewardship, health and nutrition, and career development. Their diverse community network and strong institutional partnerships leverage the physical resources on the farm for the health and nutritional development of Durham’s students.

They strive to support native pollinators and their honey bee hives in all that they do on the farm, including planting cover crops, native flowering plants, and fruit trees to provide forage and habitat to insect neighbors.

They’re a central component in a healthier school system where interdisciplinary instruction supports food awareness and outdoor experiences.

Old Mill Farm Durham

8913 NC-751, Durham, NC 27713

Old Mill Farm is most popular for its award-winning full-day camp programs for children ages 5-10. Day-to-day activities include:

  • Daily Animal Car
  • Alpaca Trek
  • Chicken Race Training
  • Fishing in two ponds
  • Ice Cream Factory
  • Outdoor Games
  • Gardening
  • Archery
  • Pony Rides
  • Hayrides
  • Arts & Crafts
  • ​Pickle Making
  • ​Scavenger Hunts
  • ​Gemstone Mining
  • ​Forest and nature exploration
  • And Much More

Their toddler farm programs allow children ages 1-4 to collect eggs, care and interact with the animals, make crafts, explore the garden, and more. This is a weekly 5 session class, where parents or guardians must be present.

Due to COVID, capacity has been restricted to 40% of what it’s been in previous years. Camps are still being held, but most activities are being done outdoors and restricted to small groups.

Raleigh City Farm

800 N Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27604

Raleigh City Farm is a nonprofit urban farm founded in 2011 on a formerly vacant one-acre lot in downtown Raleigh. They believe in the power of urban farms to create healthier communities and reconnect city dwellers with healthy food production through more frequent encounters with agriculture.

They believe that turning vacant lots into productive, nourishing farmland can create something from nothing – an amenity from an eyesore.

They invite the community to “dig in” and advance their mission by signing up for their workshop, taking a tour, attending a special event, and volunteering to help maintain their farm site.

Page Farms

6100 Mt Herman Rd, Raleigh, NC 27617

Page Farms is a fourth-generation family farm trying to keep their heritage alive by bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to consumers all throughout the year. They plan to be open this fall for Pumpkin picking and will have more details as they get closer to opening.

They do not plan to host any field trips this fall due to COVID-19. Visit them to experience what a real working farm is all about.  Learn about the land, the people, and the crops that they grow in the heart of North Carolina.  They are located in the center of the Raleigh-Durham area and are an oasis within the cities’ bustling environments. 

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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