Tricycle Gardens executive director leaving to open Allegheny Mountain School

03/06/2011 9:36 AM by

Tricycle Gardens announces the transition of Executive Director Lisa Taranto into the role of Founder. Ms. Taranto is pursuing the opportunity to open and operate the Allegheny Mountain School, which is dedicated to advancing the principles of permaculture.

Ms. Taranto was a founding director of Tricycle Gardens and led the organization for eight years. Under her guidance, Tricycle Gardens built four community gardens, taught programs at three learning gardens and operated Richmond’s first urban farm. The Board of Directors appreciates all of these accomplishments and wishes Lisa well in the next endeavor.

During this transition, the Board of Directors has appointed Melissa White, Operations Manager, as the interim director. At the same time, the Board is convening a search committee to identify and hire a new executive director. Ms. White brings significant management expertise, having served most recently as Program Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Broward.

Beginning with a small community garden on Jefferson Avenue in Church Hill, Tricycle Gardens has grown to become the leading organization in Richmond, Va., to engage communities around growing healthy food and restoring public spaces. The organization’s hands-on experiential learning and gardening programs are leading the way for a new understanding of how to create a healthier community for all.

Tricycle Gardens maintains its commitment to growing a greener and healthier region. The organization has a full slate of workshops and initiatives planned for the spring and summer, including the Lewis Ginter Plant Sale, Herbs Galore, urban farm workdays and the conversion of a former gas station into a learning center. Board Chairman William Snyder can be contacted for any additional information regarding this announcement.

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