Kelli grew up climbing trees, caring for critters, and exploring the unique Everglades and Coastal ecosystems of Miami, Florida. She quickly discovered what made her happiest in life was new learning opportunities and a constant connection with the environment.
Kelli follows the belief that “education is not preparation for life but is life itself.” After graduating with an emphasis in Experiential Education she has worked to purposefully connect others to direct experience with focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their local and global communities.
Kelli’s passion for learning, sustainable practices, and environmental stewardship has lead far from her suburban South Florida upbringing. She has worked as a Youth Event Program Director in Western North Carolina; a Naturalist and Program Coordinator in Mendocino, California; and as an Educator and Outdoor Center Program Director in the Delaware Water Gap of New Jersey.
After 10 years in leadership positions, Kelli decided to focus on expanding her personal knowledge in sustainable growing practices. Since then she has volunteered for organic and permaculture farms in the states and abroad, apprenticed at a large organic CSA farm, developed a market garden business, and managed an organic greenhouse operation.
When shes not barefoot in the dirt, researching sustainable growing information or organizing her next travel adventure, Kelli enjoys hiking, developing primitive skills, sunny beach days, and binge watching or reading most anything in the realm of Science Fiction or Fantasy.