Monica Kelley has always loved playing in the “dirt”. A gardener from her youngest years, she has also always been interested in doing it yourself and more naturally. She completed an undergraduate degree in geological engineering from the University of Arizona. After a short stint in the mining arena, she spent twenty years working in the DFW area as a geotechnical engineer. During this time she cataloged thousands of soil samples from all over north Texas to provide foundation design and/or remediation recommendations for buildings and other structures. Having held licenses in both geology and engineering in the state of Texas, she is uniquely qualified to address subsurface conditions from a number of perspectives. Monica received her PDC from the School of Permaculture in 2015 after deciding to move from the city to the outskirts of the Metroplex where she could find a little bit of land. She now loves raising her ever-growing flock of chickens with the help of her big poodle sidekick, Hobie, and is eternally grateful to her husband and son for their support of her mid-life farming crisis.