Kelly Owensby grew up in Asheville, NC and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2004 with a B.A. in Cultural Studies. She gained extensive hands-on agricultural experience by working with eight wonderful farms in the Piedmont of N.C. In 2009, she began working with community gardens and gardening afterschool programs through The Orange Co. Partnership for Young Children’s community gardens.
In 2010 she helped break ground for the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm which currently works with over 60 refugee farmers and 45 refugee youth on its four acre community farm.
Kelly is the project director of the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm and has spent the past four years working with immigrant and refugee families in community agricultural initiatives that preserve cultural heritage and create community space.
Kowensby@OrangeSmartStart.org (919) 967-9091 ext 6