Kelly Riley began working with the Desert Rain project in May 2012. Among friends, Kelly is known to be a ‘renaissance woman’. She has been an organic farmer, shepherdess, stable hand, bicycle mechanic, and carpenter. She was the Community Garden Coordinator and eventually, the Green Living Coordinator for Palouse – Clearwater Environmental Institute in Moscow, Idaho. She worked as part of the crew on a few strawbale house building projects in Idaho and New Zealand. Kelly moved to Fossil, Oregon in 2008 to work for the Oregon Paleo Lands Institute as manager of the visitor center/natural history bookstore and sometimes, tour guide. She is a lover of wild and wide landscapes and was enamored with the back-country of the John Day Fossil Beds.
Kelly moved to Bend in the summer of 2011 where she worked at Heartsprings Nursery for Chris Hart-Henderson. Chris is the landscape designer for Desert Rain and introduced Kelly to Barb and Tom. The rest, as they say – is history. Kelly is currently thrilled and amazed to be involved with Desert Rain. She documents the process and progress through photographs, blog writing, and website updates. Kelly has a BA degree in Environmental Design and is excited to be continually learning about leading edge sustainable building, green materials, and the Living Building Challenge.
In addition to working for Desert Rain, Kelly is a fiber artist and a singer/songwriter/musician in the band, Riley’s Range Benders. In her spare time she is hiking, biking, or x-country skiing the desert and mountain trails in Central Oregon.