Andy spent the last few years working in schools and among rural communities teaching sustainable agriculture as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia. He developed a love for agrarian culture and wants to pursue making agriculture more accessible to disconnected communities. At Tricycle, he is excited to learn more about how to grow in an urban and southeastern environment and investigate the perspectives, advantages, and disadvantages of different types of urban agriculture models. He hopes to use the experience from the fellowship to help connect people to natural systems and cultivate healthy, sustainable communities.
Liza comes to Tricycle with a background in restaurant hospitality but a desire for more holistic living. An Appalachian transplant, raised in central North Caroline, she made her way to Richmond 7 years ago in pursuit of love and quickly delved into the thriving music and arts community. She’s embarking on her second career with hopes to utilize wisdom gained through the years to reconnect with her homesteading heritage. Liza is passionate about inspiring curiosity about the connection between our bodies, our food, and our environment. She believes in demystifying traditional herbal medicines and breaking through nutritional fads to promote wellness through simple, accessible choices. Through the Tricycle Urban Ag program, she hopes to join like-minded folks in the Richmond area promoting sustainable growing practices and living for the future.
Lucinda comes to Tricycle after starting a business in alternative health and lifestyle in Chesterfield, VA. Her focus has been on creating herbal shots, raw fruit/veggie smoothies, and health & wellness meals combined with physical activities like qi gong, tai chi, yoga, functional exercises, and meditation in order to stay connected with inner self and people, places, and things in the universe. Her vision includes supporting socioeconomic development by collaborting with local farmers, farmers markets, and people with the same vision in order to regnerate the planet by saving, cultivating, reporducing, and educationg others to copy and build on the blueprint of nature while balancing sustainbale agriculture. She strives to one day have a food truck and travel nationwide to spread the good news, sharing good food and beverages from crops grown on organic farms.
Leisa discovered her passion for growing food by developing a community garden at an eco-lodge in St. John, US Virgin Islands. She then helped build a rooftop garden in Richmond as a restaurant food source, followed by a two-year fortune of growing specialty produce at Casselmonte Farm in Powhatan, VA. She is excited about this program because, in such a divided world, she believes that food is something we can all relate to and is a meaningful resource for bringing people together. She looks forward to the opportunity of learning, growing and sharing her experiences among so many fine Tricycle fellows and staff!
Before moving to Richmond last year, Michael spent a year teaching ESL in South Korea and working and volunteering at Heifer International Ranch in Arkansas. Michael is originally from Arkansas and got his degree in English at UCA, but fell in love with farming and working toward a more sustainable and egalitarian society, while at Heifer Ranch. He hopes to take what he learns from the Fellowship and start his own sustainable farm here in the Richmond area.
Luther is originally from Northern Virginia and moved to the Richmond area about 10 years ago because of the employment opportunities he found in trades that interested him. He has enjoyed his work in antique and modern furniture repair and restoration, but his love for the outdoors and growing things runs deep and lead him to work in the greenhouse/nursery field and to become certified in horticulture He plans to use the knowledge and skills gained during the Fellowship to be of service to others and give back to his community.
Jose comes to the fellowship with a professional background in public relations and marketing. He has been interested in agriculture from a young age and is finally making the leap from a corporate setting to the farm. He hopes to be able to apply what he learns during the fellowship to help his community and beyond. When not working on the farm, Jose enjoys spending time with his dog Lucy and exploring Richmond.
Tevin is currently a young adult seeking to become a true “Jack of All Trades”. With Tricycle Urban Ag Fellowship, he would love to invest his knowledge and resources into the youth of present and future generations to increase the chance of more successful career paths within the communities of his people as well as increase the chance of a more sustainable future for us all. He’s “come from a background of miseducated neighborhoods and undesirable circumstances but has bested the worst and he’s always aspired to the greatest of things, growing up with very few role models, but having the infinite potential to do all.” Through the Fellowship, Tevin wants to be able to master the skills he’s learning and pass them on to increase the understanding of what quality food is, how to grow it, and why it may be important for the future. He also hopes that with the skills he’s gaining to start a medicinal brand of products for better livings!
After living and working in Richmond for 5 years (mostly in arts nonprofits), Greer moved to Philadelphia where they had the opportunity to work at a food co-op and take a 10-month herbalism course. This helped solidify their already growing interest in food justice, urban agriculture, and herbal medicine. Even though they loved Philadelphia a lot, Greer missed Richmond and all their friends down South. So, after deciding to apply for the Tricycle fellowship they went ahead and moved right on back!
Greer wants to use the knowledge and experience they gain through this amazing fellowship to carve out spaces for other queer and trans people to grow permanence. They believe that forming community around the practice of sustainable agriculture will provide agency to folks whose collective futures often seem impermanent. They are excited to travel and skill-share with other queer and trans farmers who are building similar spaces.
Erica comes from a background in Urban Planning and has a strong interest in strengthening local food systems by eliminating barriers to accessing fresh fruits and vegetables for all individuals. During her time at UVA, she spent several years working with the non-profit Market Central to address the barrier of economic access to the Charlottesville City Farmers Market through their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Upon graduating in 2014, she knew that her calling was rooted in creating more equitable foodways within urban areas. After moving to Richmond, this calling was sidetracked and she has spent the past three years working in the corporate environmental world. Through the Tricycle Fellowship, Erica is ready to get out from behind her desk, get her hands dirty, and dig into serving her City beside a cohort of equally passionate peers. She ultimately hopes to gain the skills necessary to work with young people and feels that educating youth on where food comes from and how it is grown can be powerful tools for community investment and growth.
Michelle is fascinated by the political, social, and cultural dimensions of agriculture and food. After studying literature and sociology in school, she was excited to find a field of work that universally touches people’s lives at both a macro and micro level. Following graduation, she spent some time on the west coast of the U.S. as an introduction to the life of farming and was strongly influenced by the vision of regenerative agriculture as a solution to global corporatization, climate change, and disconnected communities. During her time with Tricycle, she hopes to gain a better understanding of the current direction of urban agriculture, widen her farming skill set, and think about farming’s place in the ecology of urban environments. She aspires to work in community-based nonprofits rooted in farming.
BB&T Scott & Stringfellow
31st Street Baptist Church
Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market
Retired, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
14 S Allen Ave, Richmond, VA 23220