MONTGOMERY NWIAA HERITAGE TRAINING AND CAREER CENTER
Marilyn "Nefer Ra" Barber
Marilyn "Nefer Ra" Barber, a Master Gardener, is an urban farmer in the city of Detroit, MI. Realizing that all major stores had left the city, she decided it was time to start growing her own food. She attended the Michigan State University Organic Farming Program and went on to be the Farm Manager at "D-Town" Farm. She also served on the Food Policy Board and was instrumental in writing Detroit’s Food Policy. Additionally, Nefer Ra became one of the founding members of Detroit’s Food Security Network.
Her passion for children eating healthily led her to start six children’s gardens throughout the city. As an entrepreneur, she started her own spice company, Queen’s Greens. Currently, she serves as the Coordinator for Earthworks’ Agricultural Training Program. Nefer Ra has made it her personal mission to ensure that Detroit’s diverse and underserved community has a voice as to how their own resources are allocated.