Kelly holds a degree in Sustainability, and has experience working with various agricultural operations throughout the United States. She came to viticulture while working on a small winery and vineyard in Northern Virginia, where she realized the potential of winegrowing to revive the forgotten connection between urban living and its agrarian predecessor.
She forwarded this goal in broad strokes by later serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA and teaching arid-lands agriculture at the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico. Following her AmeriCorps term, she returned to wine working in sustainable wine sales, where she championed the voices of small-production, family-owned wineries.
Kelly now dedicates her life to sustainable viticulture, foodway preservation, the enology of aromatized wine, and to the practice of poetry. She is a three-time published author, with her most recent publication, "Brettanomyces,” available in major bookstores, as well as on Amazon and by request through independent booksellers.