To get in touch with our staff please call 804-231-7767 or email learn@tricyclegardens.org. Happy growing!

Sequoia Ross
Program Coordinator
Email: sequoia@tricyclegardens.org

Sequoia Ross joined the Tricycle Gardens family after actively supporting the organization as a Healthy Corner Store Initiative volunteer. Sequoia is a classically trained chef and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. She is passionate about all things food and giving back to her community. Her role at Tricycle allows her to combine her love of food and people. Impacting the community positively through urban farming, food access and nutrition education are key components in “growing change” within an urban community. Sequoia’s motto is “changing eating habits, one meal at a time.” She understands that behavioral change isn’t instantaneous but if you nurture and guide, behaviors change over time. Sequoia divides her time between Tricycle Gardens, her three lovely daughters, and her vegan cookie business. She is originally from Philadelphia but she calls Richmond home.

Isabel Eljaiek
Mission Manager
Email: isabel@tricyclegardens.org

Isabel rejoined the Tricycle Gardens team in Spring 2015. She previously worked with Slow Food USA in Brooklyn, NY as the Network Manager, where she supported local chapters all over the United States in the fight for a better & more equitable food system. Originally from the Washington, DC area, Isabel received her Master’s degree in Social Work Administration with a concentration in Food Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. While there, she also completed a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Nonprofit Management and was a scholarship recipient for Growing Power’s Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative. Her work is underwritten by her strong commitment to food sovereignty and the belief that food is our ultimate connection to each other and the earth. Isabel lives in Fulton with her fiance, Jared, their two dogs and a growing flock of chickens.

Tell us one of your favorite quotes: Living simply is not a step backward.

What has been your favorite Tricycle Gardens experience? : Coming back after living in Brooklyn! It took living in New York to realize I’m a southerner at heart.

What do you do when you’re not working for Tricycle Gardens: I’m an avid yogi who likes to tinker with new (and old) recipes in the kitchen, camp, see live music and do any activity involving the James River.

Scotty Guinn Dilworth
Project Gardener
Email: scotty@tricyclegardens.org

Scotty, a native Richmonder, recently moved back to her hometown after 18 years on the West Coast. In California, she was a natural history and wildlife filmmaker for 18 years before she began her second career in landscape design. She practiced sustainable techniques of landscape design with Los Angeles designers and bring that inspiration to her work here in Virginia. Scotty is a Virginia Certified Horticulturist, Certified Rain Garden Designer/Installer, Certified Greenroof Designer/Installer, a member of the James River Green Building Council, the VA Nursery and a member of Greenroofs for Healthy Cities. For Tricycle Gardens, she has been a garden teacher for Peter Paul Development Center and a project manager for the Science Museum Permaculture Garden and the Bon Secours Healing Garden. In her free time, she enjoys walking her chocolate lab Ford on the James River Park trails, nature photography and relaxing on the beach and swimming in the ocean.

Lorena Castro 
Urban Agriculture Coordinator
lorena@tricyclegardens.org

Lorena came to Virginia from her home country, Venezuela, when she was eight years hold. On her dad’s side, her grandparents and great-grandparents were farmers who migrated to from Germany to Peru during WWII. 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 Gardens 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 recent 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 Gardens as the Bon Secours Healing Garden intern. Lorena has also supported the Neighborhood Resource Center’s organic garden and the Independence Golf Club Fore Children’s Garden.

Favorite Quote: “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

Favorite Tricycle Gardens Experience: Every moment I get to share with children in the garden, learning about pollinators, smelling tomatoes, finding worms, reminds me of the astounding longevity of our work.

What I do when I’m 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.

Josh Schweizer
Urban Farm Project Manager
Email: josh@tricyclegardens.org

BIO COMING SOON!

Sally G. Schwitters
Executive Director
Email: sally@tricyclegardens.org

Sally comes from a long line of family gardeners, farmers and cooks. She loves the process of growing seed to harvest, and sharing the preparation and celebration of good food with friends and family. Sally ran program and events for non-profits in Northern California, that included programs with Martha Stewart, Dr. Wayne Dyer and Don Miguel Ruiz, and educational programming for the Real Goods Solar Living Institute (a 12- acre demonstration site providing education and experiences with renewable energy, natural building, and permaculture and bio-intensive gardening.) Since returning to her birthplace of Richmond, Va, she has been involved in non-profit advancement and has raised over $19 million for non-profits in the region. Sally loves bringing health and beauty to our community through urban agriculture.

Tell us one of your favorite quotes: “If not me- who?”

What has been one of your favorite Tricycle Gardens experiences?: Where to begin…sitting in the sunshine eating lunch made of produce we have grown, listening to a child’s laughter as they discover vermi-composting with a worm crawling across their hand, seeing families relax in the Healing Garden at Bon Secours Hospital, or introducing our community to the self-sufficiency that comes from growing and eating good, local food.

What do you do when you’re not working for Tricycle Gardens?: When am I not working at Tricycle Gardens? Just kidding- when I am not working, I am playing with my kids and hubby, eating and drinking with family and friends, and dreaming of what to do next at Tricycle Gardens.

Jason Tsai
Distribution Coordinator
Email: jason@tricyclegardens.org

Jason immigrated from Taiwan in 2000 and spent most of his childhood in the Northern Virginia suburbs before studying poetry and spinning tracks on college radio at Longwood University. Having grown up cooking up dishes like braised fatback and eggs and sour bamboos using his Haka grandmother’s recipes and working in food service since he was 17, Jason is intimately familiar with issues of food access on various levels. Jason also believes that families that cook together stay together – and is thankful to be able to serve the River City communities in bringing them fresh produce through the Corner Farm program. When Jason is not driving across the Semmes or chatting with store owners with his hands full of fresh collards, he can be found downtown drinking his sixth shot of espresso reading and writing poetry.

Tell us one of your favorite quotes: “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
What has been your favorite Tricycle Gardens experience?: I’ve been very blessed to be able to work with all our team members in various projects. For me, my favorite experience have always been the little things: learning about edible flowers with my peers in the urban agriculture fellowship; sharing fruits and recipes with local children at wellness and outreach events; or even just learning the fine mechanics and importance of bolting down the framework of our new greenhouse with our project manager. Everyday at Tricycle doing the work that we do is exceptional in itself. 
What do you do when you’re not working for Tricycle Gardens: I am a voracious reader and a keen foodie. It’s also not uncommon to find me writing verse at diners and stoplights around Richmond.

Amy Wildermann
Urban Farm Manager
Email: amy@tricyclegardens.org

Amy hails from the Midwest originally, where she learned to love the natural world on the great plains and in the woods of Minnesota. She was lucky enough to attend an environmental science based high school where she studied rainforest ecology in Costa Rica, honed her winter survival skills, and developed ecological philosophy from the likes of Emerson and Thoreau. At a young age she recognized the need for social and environmental healing and committed herself to it, eventually finding urban agriculture to be her talent, her love and her solution. Amy comes to us after 12 years in Seattle, WA, where she worked extensively in art and environmental nonprofits and urban agriculture. She graduated from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, where she learned and worked on the campus organic farm, and studied environmental science and education. She worked with nonprofits in Seattle for over 8 years to establish and manage organic educational gardens at K-12 schools and community centers. She also received her Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of Washington and completed a 9-month internship in non-profit development with the renowned Seattle Tilth. When she’s not at the farm you can find her swinging on the aerial silks, playing guitar, camping, snowboarding, or diving the tropics. She spent much of her time before joining Tricycle Gardens traveling the US and SE Asia and WOOFing on farms in VA, and is now happy to be settling down with her husband into Richmond.