Kari Smith is the owner of Green Diva Farms
, a no-spray operation, and also works for the Detroit Planning and Development Department as a historic review technician, preserving Detroit buildings and helping with urban agriculture in the city.
Kari graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit, evacuating the day before the storm. After six months in Savannah, Georgia, she returned home to Michigan and started graduate school at Eastern Michigan University. She bought Green Diva Farms at the beginning of her graduate program, which she completed in December 2011 with a masters of science in historic preservation.
Initially Kari had envisioned running the farm until her schooling was over, but due to popular response to her flowers and produce she decided to keep it going. Green Diva Farms is now in the process of moving a secondary market farm and hoop house into the city of Detroit. Currently Green Diva is located in Belleville, Michigan and serves the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets, the People's Food Co-op, and has full- and half-share CSA options available. Contact Kari at firstname.lastname@example.org