SEEDS runs day-to-day with the support of an energetic staff dedicated to Durham and to building a healthy, sustainable community.

Meet the Staff

Heather Hill

Program Coordinator

Heather Hill has been developing and leading programs at SEEDS since 2010.  Last year, she took some time off to hike the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in Spain.  She also recently moved out to the country to see more stars, hear less sirens, eat a lot of peaches, and run in the woods with her dog Murray. Though Heather is from the desert of Tucson, Arizona…she can’t get enough of the ecology, food culture, and four season beauty of North Carolina.  Heather is pleased to be a part of this next chapter in the story of SEEDS and share her excitement for growing and cooking great food with all who walk through the garden gate.


Phone: 919-683-1197 ext. 1

Kareemah Abdusamad

Children’s Program Manager

Kareemah Abdusamad comes to SEEDS as Summer Camp Manager after years of experience with Durham Public Schools Before and After school programs.  She is a master gardener volunteer and is an activist for agriculture in general and food justice in particular. Her specialty is home gardening.

Hilary Nichols

Garden Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

Hilary can’t wait to taste new foods, especially picked straight off the plant and popped in your mouth. Loquats are her favorite fruiting plant for their cheerful scent. Hilary loves gardening, and believes that dirty hands are happy hands! Hilary is a horticulturist. She gets excited teaching about gardening, and bringing people closer to plants and each other through growing together. Hilary is the one to talk to about edible and pollinator gardening in Southside, the SEEDS community garden program, workshops, plant sale, and the Garden of Eatin. She is committed to collaboratively honoring human work and creativity, while maintaining sound ecological practices through permaculture. Take care of the Earth. Take care of the People. Share the Surplus.


Phone: 919-683-1197 ext. 3

Sarah Shapard

Interim Executive Director

As an interim executive, Sarah is holding down the “garden and kitchen” at SEEDS while the Board of Directors undertake a search for a permanent executive director. The search is now underway for a leader-teacher who has the passion and desire to help develop the capacity of young people through growing, cooking and sharing food. Prior to this assignment Sarah was “kinda of a big dill” as an interim director for several nonprofit organizations in North Carolina. She also worked as communications and development director for an educational think-tank in Atlanta and in other capacities at a private high school in Switzerland, a foundation in the Czech Republic and a university in New Zealand. She was a founding member of a garden at Scroggs Elementary School where she and her husband, along with their daughters, learn to truly stop and smell the roses and appreciate how many little bugs, centipedes and spiders live on them.


Phone: 919-683-1197