Lorena CastroUrban Farm Coordinator

Lorena came to Virginia from her home country, Venezuela, when she was eight years old. Growing up in the Caracas Valley of the Venezuelan coastal mountains, Lorena’s nature-loving father fostered an appreciation for ecological systems from a young age. Lorena first joined Tricycle as a volunteer in 2013 and has since filled multiple volunteer and part-time roles before joining us full-time as an Urban Agriculture Coordinator in 2016.

Lorena is a graduate of VCU, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in International Social Justice. While pursuing her degree, Lorena spent time working as a Nourish Steward at local community market, Ellwood Thompson’s. Here she learned to identify different medicinal herbs and the healing purposes they serve; knowledge that she used in 2014 when she returned to Tricycle as the Bon Secours Healing Garden intern. Lorena has also supported the Neighborhood Resource Center’s children’s garden and the Independence Golf Club Fore Children’s Garden.

Words to live by

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do, and mostly Live.” -Dalai Lama

What has been your favorite Tricycle experience?

Every moment I get to share with children on the farm, learning about pollinators, smelling tomatoes, finding worms, reminds me of the astounding longevity of our work.

What do you do when you’re not working for Tricycle?

I love long-distance running and almost always have an upcoming race on my calendar. I also enjoy backpacking, climbing, and getting wonderfully lost while driving through the Shenandoah. When I’m not outside you can find me at home with my dog, trying new recipes, and devouring books.