Little Rock Urban Farming

Chris Hiryak’s Bio

Hi, my name is Chris. I live on Coleman Creek in a garden home in Midtown Little Rock that my friends call the tree house. I am an organic farmer, pragmatic food activist, minimalist, artist and yoga practitioner. I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. My mother and father are originally from small towns in the Arkansas Delta. From an early age, my parents instilled the importance and value of a hard work ethic, discipline, accountability and responsibility to community.

I completed a triple major as a Donaghey Scholar at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and hold B.A. degrees in Spanish, History and International Studies. In 2009, I was fortunate to be accepted into, LeadAR, a leadership program through the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas. Through this experience, I learned about economics, politics, industry and agriculture in communities all throughout the state of Arkansas. We also learned about access to our political system so that we could be agents of change. At the same time, I immersed myself in organic farming through the apprenticeship program at Dripping Springs Garden, an organic farming operation in the Ozark Mountains in northwest Arkansas. While I sharpened my horticulture skills and marketing know-how, I was simultaneously creating a strong professional network and developing my skills in leadership.

Organic farming started as a hobby, became a passion, and has been an obsession ever since. I love growing organic fruits, vegetables and flowers for market.