Raynise and TaRay Kelly

Soil Sisters Plant Nursery


Raynise and TaRay Kelly are the co-owners of Soil Sisters, a plant nursery that specializes in heirloom and organic vegetable, herb, and beneficial flower seedlings in Pittsburgh, Pa. While on a mission to fight food apartheid, they host farm-to-table workshops for adults and a horticultural based camp for kids.

Raynise Kelly is a Bidwell Alumni who works at Grow Pittsburgh and sits on various boards such as Pasa and Hilltop Urban Farms. She’s also a member of the Black Urban Gardeners, PA Farmers Union, Western PA Young Farmers Coalition, and recently taken a seat on the working committee of Pittsburgh Food Policy Council.

TaRay Kelly has worked for the University of Pittsburgh for over the past decade; becoming a board member of Grow Pittsburgh and a member of The PA Farmer’s Union as well the Black Urban Gardeners.

Raynise is speaking in Pennsylvania.


Check It Out!

The Grassroots of an Urban Plant Nursery

Small business owners of Soil Sisters Plant Nursery Raynise and Taray Kelly will discuss what encouraged them to start their plant nursery business and why. They will share tips on how anyone can start a small operation and ways to include members old and young to be a part of the mission.
Nature and Community

Speaking At:

Pennsylvania, Friday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Modern Homesteading Stage

Making a Home for Mason Bees

Build a home for bees with upcycled materials with the Soil Sisters, Raynise and TaRay Kelly. In their new home they can over winter inside and your garden will be sure to have pollinators next spring!
Kids Programming

Speaking At:

Pennsylvania, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Kids Treehouse Stage

Build Your Own Sprout House

Calling all kids to assemble a house out of sponges! Join the Soil Sisters, Raynise and TaRay Kelly, as they show you how to lay seed paste on the outside, then watch over the weeks as it sprouts into a forest-like setting.
Kids Programming

Speaking At:

Pennsylvania, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Kids Treehouse Stage