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On Their Own Terms

Snow Hill Plantation’s uncommon transformation into a Black-owned cooperative.

By Taneasha White-Gibson

Built from the remnants of a former plantation, Catawba Trail Farm provides access to land and food for Durham’s Black community. COURTESY KOFI BOONE, FASLA
An image from a recent workshop at Catawba Trail Farm, led by North Carolina State University’s Just Communities Lab. Image courtesy Kofi Boone, FASLA.

At the Catawba Trail Farm, founded by sisters Delphine Godley Sellars and Lucille Godley Patterson, land once occupied by the 30,000-acre Snow Hill Plantation outside Durham, North Carolina, is being reclaimed as a community garden. For $100 per year, residents can rent one of the 40-plus garden beds, learn to grow their own produce, and take it back home to feed their families. The sisters hold classes and share skills on canning and growing, host gleaning events, and collaborate with partners to give fresh produce and recipes away, with more activities to come. Continue reading On Their Own Terms