Lorena CastroDevelopment Manager

Lorena originally comes from Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to Virginia with her family when she was eight years old. Lorena’s nature-loving father fostered her appreciation for the outdoors from a young age. Lorena first joined Tricycle as a volunteer in 2013 and has since filled multiple volunteer, part-time, and full-time positions. Lorena is a graduate of VCU, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in International Social Justice. She initially joined the Tricycle staff as the Bon Secours Healing Garden intern, growing food and herbs for hospital patients, and later supported the food production and volunteer relationships on Tricycle’s Urban Farm sites as the Urban Ag Coordinator. Her passion for holistic relationship building drew her into the development world. Outside of Tricycle, 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?

In my free time, I love cooking new recipes with my husband, hanging out with our dog, reading and collecting books, and spending time with family.