Sometimes you learn something about your colleagues that is so pleasantly surprising, it just makes you smile. Perhaps they volunteer in a meaningful way in the community. Maybe they’ve had a remarkable career, or maybe they grow their own food and share it with their neighbors and coworkers. In Wade Nelson, we found all three!

Wade Nelson is head of IT operations and engineering at Celanese. He oversees the IT Service Desk (providing 24/7 support), as well as support for event management. Wade began his career at Celanese in 2017 as an IT consultant. He was tasked with building a service management office to focus on processes, people and technology.

In addition, Wade volunteers with Celanese as a member of the Safety Council, and he enjoys serving with Hearts and Hammers. He has a passion for helping people. Not only does he coach children’s basketball and flag football, but he leads the Safety Team at his church and has held many leadership roles at the local YMCA, where he currently sits on the Board of Council.

Another thing we found so remarkable about Wade is his love of gardening, or homesteading in this case. He has a 40’x70’ garden with over 30 fruit trees, grapevines, pumpkins, berries and more. He’s happy to share his tips for gardening with anyone who’s interested. He looks at homesteading as a way to provide for his family. In addition to the garden, he raises chickens and goats.

When asked what he does with all his produce, he answers, “I give it all away. I have no idea how many people I help.” He continues, “My family comes out of the garden with laundry baskets full of produce.” He donates to his neighbors, his church family and even brings some to work!

Though he didn’t originally realize the impact gardening would have on his overall wellness, Wade told us what a great stress-reliever it is to spend time outdoors, not to mention his newly found love of salads with fresh chicken eggs and lots of veggies. He continues, “There’s a lot of pleasure in going out and being able to pick something and eat it or share it.”

Thank you, Wade, for sharing your story (and your produce) with us.