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Kelli Wefenstette

5 | 17 reviews

Chicago, IL

Kelli Wefenstette grew up in the sprawling cornfields of rural Illinois, Cuba, a town of 1400 and no stoplights. She believes in living an authentic life that is wild and free even inside the city limits. A Community Organizer and Educator who resides in Portage Park, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Monmouth College and a Master’s degree in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University. She is also a registered yoga teacher. Kelli engages neighborhood revitalization through the cultivation and promotion of arts, urban agriculture, and economic development. She is trained in community organizing and Asset Based Community Development and has 10+ years experience in special event planning. She created an eco-friendly craft line in 2007, co-founded a monthly, traveling craft market in 2010, and taught a workshop series guiding urban dwellers toward self-sufficiency by means of gardening, canning, composting, chicken keeping, and simple living. Today, Kelli and Jimmyredhed work to renovate their big, red urban farmhouse into an aspiring homestead that is often filled with travelers from the world over. A practicing vegetarian, she enjoys exploring every neighborhood of Chicago, cooking with whole foods and vegetables from her garden, and cuddling with her kittens, Killer Queen and Jubilee. Her obsessions include chai tea lattes, vintage housewares, avocado green, and protest music. Kelli’s craft is her activism, an opportunity to educate others on all things political, beautiful, and life affirming while striving to radically minimize her eco-existence.

Kelli's Reviews

5 | 17 reviews
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    Dabble Student
    Organic Gardening for Apartment Dwellers

    Actually getting to plant arugula to take home. The easy, comfortable conversation feel of the class.

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    Dabble Student
    Organic Gardening for Apartment Dwellers

    Kelli clearly has a lot of knowledge and experience in organic gardening. It was great to learn from a season pro but also she was happy to tailor the class to what we wanted to know.

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    Kelli's very knowledgeable, and she had a very good teaching plan down. She effectively communicated everything we needed to get started, with pre-printed notes to refer back to, and provided all materials for our first bin with clear instructions on where to get more in the future. I'd read about composting before but was intimidated by having to run around town looking for all the materials needed, but this made it easy.

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    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    The instructor was very knowledgeable and seem happy to be passing along her knowledge of the subject.

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    lots of information, very experienced instructor, great materials provided

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    Kelli is awesome! She made the class fun, relaxed, and informative. I feel confident now that I can make composting work in my apartment!

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    The teacher was very nice and knew her material. Very willing to help you.

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    The instructor was great. Kelli does this at home, so she was able to answer all of our questions with first-hand experience. Also, it's great that we were able to leave the class with everything we needed to get started.

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    This was a great class -- Kelli was incredibly informative and patient. I especially loved that we got to go home with our own compost bins (worms included) and get started right away!

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    Dabble Student
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    Kelli gave us a really clear picture of the different methods of composting, the benefits of using composted soil, and how to keep the worms healthy and happy. Lots of good information! I am really excited to begin composting in my own home now.

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    Jessica H.
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    Kelli was very well informed and did a thorough job of explaining the rationale behind composting as well as the "how-to" and trouble-shooting of composting. I'm really excited to watch my little tub of compost evolve!

    From Teacher:

    Thanks so much for attending, Jessica! It was a pleasure having you in class! Please feel welcome to follow up if you have any questions!

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    Courtney N.
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    Such a great class, I had been nervous about composting before, but all my questions and concerns were answered and since we made the composting box in the class, I had no excuse not to start composting that very day!! I would definitely take some of her other classes

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    Christine R.
    Vermi-Composting for Apartment Dwellers

    This class was a great introduction to vermicomposting, something that I've wanted to do for awhile. I've also been composting outdoors for a few years, and Kelli answered all of my questions about that as well.

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