Beth NelsonFellowship Program Manager

Beth comes to Tricycle after spending the last 23 years living around the country and overseas. While stationed at a small US Army installation in Germany, she made a career shift from Early Childhood Education to Adult Education, having discovered her passion for training and managing programs through which people become engaged in their communities. In 2004, Beth earned her Masters in Education, focusing on adult education and instructional design. In the years following, Beth applied her degree in her continued work for Army family programs, creating an instructor mentor training program and starting a training and facilitation company with two of her former colleagues and fellow Army spouses. After each of the nine moves Beth made during this time, she sought ways to personally connect with her new community. While stationed in North Carolina, Beth pursued her passion for digging in the dirt and spending time with plants and people by becoming a certified NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Through her involvement in county and statewide EMGV programs she saw first hand the positive impact that a closer connection to plants has on people’s lives. In 2012, Beth helped establish and then managed a 21,000 square foot restorative garden for wounded, ill, and injured soldiers, their family members and support personnel in Fort Bragg, NC. After leaving Army life and making her home here in Richmond, VA she was thrilled at the opportunity provided by Tricycle to combine her passion for all growing things with her love of developing training that enhances and improves the lives of those in her community.

Favorite quote/words I live by

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work (Wendell Berry)….remember to “keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” (Mary Oliver)

What has been your favorite Tricycle experience?

I have loved creating the way by which our urban agriculture fellows will be knitting knowledge and their experience with their hope and plans for the future. I have also enjoyed exploring metaphors for our lives through my experiences on the farm alongside our fellows and farm staff.

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

You can find me trying out what I’ve learned on the farm in my expanding home garden, reading books about theology and community, and exploring the world alongside my little boy, who makes every day an adventure.