Homegrown City Farms
Homegrown City Farms is a 1/2 acre mixed vegetable and flower garden in E. Durham. Homegrown is run by Maryah Smith-Overman and Collier Reeves.
Maryah comes from a background in design and fine furniture building. She holds a B.A. in Design from UNC Greensboro as well as a Associates Degree from Haywood Community College in Professional Craft specializing in wood. She has been working with plants and growing food since her youth in rural New York state. Recently her craft designs have been incorporating elements of the farm such as plants and flowers. She is currently directing and designing Homegrown’s 2013 flower production.
Collier fell into farming on accident 12 years ago. That lucky accident changed the trajectory of her life. Since then she earned an environmental studies degree with a concentration in sustainable agriculture from Warren Wilson College. She strayed from farming for several years to work for back country trail crews in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Vermont, but landed in the Piedmont and was drawn back into the farming fold. This season Collier is focusing on shoring up the vegetable production plan for Homegrown. She’ll be juggling the responsibilities of the farm with her work with Girls Rock NC- a non-profit organization that empowers girls and women through music.