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Kelly Hayes

from Cullman, Alabama

About Me

Kelly is a dedicated elementary school teacher and self-sufficient homesteader on three peaceful acres in Cullman, Alabama! Kelly is deeply committed to connecting her students with nature and worked with the North Alabama Agriplex to create a children’s garden club and outdoor learning center at her school. Kelly says her school’s outdoor learning center is a place where “students can come together, have fun, eat some veggies, and learn about sustainable gardening techniques, the importance of pollinators, rain collection, and composting!” As a teacher and parent, Kelly is concerned with the disconnect she sees between kids and their natural environment: “If I can do anything to help turn the tide of getting children back connected with nature and natural life cycles, eating the healthy food our bodies were designed for then I will feel I have accomplished something worthwhile.”

When Kelly is not teaching, she can be found tending to her chickens, making soap with milk from her dwarf Nigerian goats or working in her potager garden! Kelly is a firm believer in mixing artistry with functionality and executes these values on her homestead: “I usually refer to myself as ‘the fancy farmer’ because if I’m going to work, I want to be immersed in beauty! Our potager garden has dining tables for outdoor eating among our eight raised beds, strawberries towers, asparagus plots, and our cedar fence that surrounds the garden is lined with blueberry bushes that give us beautiful color year-round. Inside the potager we have a fire pit where we enjoy making s’mores on cool evenings.”

Check Out Kelly’s Press:

Cullman Times

Good Life Magazine

Intro Video

Kelly's Challenges

Weekly Videos

May Tomato Pie Curated Container Arangement!

Check out Kelly's container bounty of heirloom tomatoes and herbs!

May Curated Container Arrangement Update

May Garden Update 2

May Garden Update 1

August Sweet Potato Update

Kelly's sweet potatoes were off to a slow start, but check out their recent exploding growth!

August Heaviest Tomato Update

Join Kelly as she shares her hefty tomato cultivar!

August Most Exquisite Curated Container Arrangement Update 1!

Kelly created several container bounties for her Most Exquisite Curated Container Arrangement contenders.