About Durham Greens
Our Mission at Durham Greens is to consistently provide local consumers with the highest quality, most nutrient dense flowers, fruits, greens, herbs, mushrooms and vegetables produced on our family farm right here in Durham in an ecologically responsible, sustainable way. We will use organic and heirloom seedstock, vermiculture, permaculture and aquaponic techiniques to make this dream a reality. Our experimental market garden brings together years of variety trials, education, market research and hard work to form the heart of this awesome new adventure we call the farm.
Durham Greens is located on the northeast side of Durham, North Carolina. We are approximately 10 miles outside of downtown Durham, nestled between the city and Falls Lake Reservoir.
After moving to Durham in 2012, David and Nicole searched the area for about a year and a half before purchasing the farm. We looked at so many parcels of land that we began to doubt we would ever find what we were looking for. David and Nicole did not give up (and neither did our realtor, bless you Eric). The perseverance of all parties was rewarded with the 16.6 acre piece of wooded heaven that we will one day call home.
Durham Greens was once a part of a much larger parcel of land that was a tobacco farm. Small portions had been farmed at different points in history, but the land has been fallow for some time. With some forestry management, a few permaculture techniques and a lot of hard work this land is going to thrive.
The best thing about moving to Durham is the people we've met. We are so excited to share this journey with you! We will keep you posted with new developments as they come and do our best to keep this website and our facebook page (Durham Greens ) current. Thank you for all of the interest, support, encouragement and patience !
Farming runs in my blood. My mother spent a good portion of her childhood on a farm in Washington state. From her I inherited the love of all things that grow,the love of the sensation of rich loamy soil between my fingers (and toes) and the love of the beauty and wonder of nature. From my father I inherited my physicality and my love for a hard physical days work.
Fortunately for my siblings and I, my mother didn't just love to grow food- she also loved to cook and preserve it. Some of my earliest and most precious memories are in the kitchen with my mom. In the recipe section of this website you will find many of my favorite childhood dishes that have become the staples of my adulthood.
Awesome Cookbook Inspiration
The following list of cookbooks ( in completely Random order as I pull them of the shelf) are where I go for inspiration when the old favorites lose there luster. Some of these gems where my mothers, but the rest were hand picked for a reason. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!
I have always loved working outdoors, Nicole and food. Since 2000 I have had a passion for gardening and growing plants. This new hobby grew and grew until it finally dawned on me that a good career choice would be doing what I love each and every day. Now I put my passion and skills into creating the best possible produce in the most environmentally friendly ways. I have been experimenting with aquaponics and organic practices for many years now and absolutely love this growing method. The produce has a wonderfully intense flavor, uses less water than traditionally irrigated crops and allows me a greater control of the inputs and growing conditions of my produce.
The following is a list of books that David and I have loved and learned from.