Manager, The Riverdale Y Sunday Market
Kelly has been working in the green industry for over 20 years. Beginning her career at a local flower farm near to her hometown in NJ, Kelly moved on to residential garden design and maintenance during college. After studying at NYU and interning as a Science educator at the New York Botanical Garden, she launched her teaching career as a Math, Science and Urban Agriculture teacher in the NYC public school system while continuing to teach children about growing food at NYBG. In 2006, Kelly co-founded Bronx Green Middle School where she developed and facilitated a community gardening and social justice program on a plot of previously unused land as NYC’s first full time middle school gardening teacher. While on leave raising her son, Kelly continued her professional development through Farm School NYC’s certificate program in Urban Agriculture and Social Justice, GrowNYC Greenmarket’s FarmRoots’ Beginning Farmer Program and an apprenticeship at Soul Fire Farm in upstate NY. Prior to managing the Riverdale Y’s Sunday Market, Kelly also managed Hawthorne Valley Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture site, Queens Botanical Garden’s Farmers’ Market and the Morningside Park Farmers Market in Manhattan. Most recently, Kelly has been collaborating with the Queens Botanical Garden to establish a new Forest School for children of all ages, which launched its first program in 2016.