SEEDS Pie Social

This Sunday from 1pm – 5pm is the 4th annual SEEDS pie social.  This is a great event to benefit the Durham-based urban gardening organization.  For $10 you get four slices of pie from some of the best restaurants in the area.  There are about 30 of them participating this year, including Acme, Guglhupf, and Foster’s Market.  There will be sweet ones, of course, but also pizza pies, and you’ll be able to vote for your favorite slice.  Also part of the event is a skill share auction, where you can bid on learning unique skills from community members.

It’s rain or shine, and you’re encouraged to bring your own plate and fork.  I missed the event last year, but I’m hoping to be able to make it on Sunday, because, really, who doesn’t love eating for a good cause?

Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

Coming up this September 17-18 is the 6th annual Eastern Triangle farm tour.  This year’s tour promises to be bigger and better than ever, featuring 25 sustainable farms in Durham, Wake, Chatham, Franklin, Granville and Person

The event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Whole Foods Market.  Advance tickets are $25 per carload or cycle group. Tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm and can be used to visit all of the farms on the tour. Day-of tickets are $30 or $10 per farm.

Highlights of this year’s tour include:

  • The terraced fields of the small family farm of Wild Scallions have mixed production of heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as pasture-raised chickens and goats.  Also, see their native bees and worm castings operation.  Contact: Matt & Renee Clayton, 336-364-4169. (North Durham)
  • The beautiful rolling hills of Hundred Acre Wood showcase a solar home, sawmill and restored log barn with a variety of small-scale livestock and market garden. Contact: Jim & Cathy Dykes, 336-364-2972. (North Durham)
  • Free-range chickens, heritage turkeys, organic produce and flower operation at Meadowbright Farm. Contact: Sheryl & Ed Munt, 919-559-8924. (Franklin County)
  • Grass-fed cattle and pastured poultry at Lucky 3 Farm are used by local specialty butchers to produce delicious meats.  Contact: Traci & Calvin Nachtrab, 919-853-6304. (Franklin County)
  • Local expert Bob Davis will be available in Durham and Raleigh to field questions about caring for chickens in the city.  His workshops will be at the Interfaith Food Shuttle Farm on Saturday and the SEEDS Garden on Sunday.

Tour-goers can use the maps available through our website or in the tour booklet to determine which farms to visit and find their way. Tour goers are encouraged to bring a cooler. There will be lots of fresh vegetables, eggs, cheese, meat, and other products for sale at the farms.

For more information and tickets, go to

SEEDS Pie Social

Coming up on Sunday April 10 is a great event called the SEEDS Pie Social.  SEEDS, which  stands for “South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces”, is a non-profit organization based in Durham that focuses on getting urban youth engaged in sustainable food activities, from participating in community gardens to entrepreneurial activities.

The event will feature music, garden tours and an auction.  In the auction, instead of bidding for things, you’ll bid to learn fun and interesting skills from fellow community members, like how to spin fire, reupholster a chair, brew beer, fly a plane, play capoeira and more.

In addition, there promises to be great food as well.  Pies, both sweet and savory, are being donated by many of Durham’s best eateries, including Toast, Watts Grocery, Scratch Bakery, Foster’s, Four Square, Dos Perros, Pie Pushers, Durham Catering, The Farmer’s Daughter, Daisy Cakes, Dame’s Chicken and Waffles, Parker and Otis, Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse, Piedmont and others.

All proceeds benefit the Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG) program at SEEDS. DIG is a youth-driven, urban farming leadership development program that empowers young people by teaching organic gardening and healthy life skills while providing them with meaningful employment and job skills.  A suggested donation of $10 will get you up to 4 pieces of pie.

The event is from 2pm – 6pm at the SEEDS Garden at 706 Gilbert Street in downtown Durham.  For more information, visit