Tri Cycle Farms

Tri Cycle Farms' mission is to grow community through soil as we steward food awareness, education, and empowerment. They envision a world with food security, sovereignty, and sustainability for all.


2017 - 2018 Service Members

Peter Marston

Peter is from Fayetteville, Arkansas, and has been gardening since his childhood. An Arkansas alum from the 2015-2016 service term, he returned to Tri Cycle because he is committed to promoting permaculture in Northwest Arkansas. He is a yoga instructor, massage therapist, and is passionate about ultra-running and medicinal herbs.

2016 - 2017 Service Member

Meg Staires

Meg Staires is the oldest of seven kids, born in Northeastern Oklahoma and raised on a family-run summer camp in Osage County. Her experience as part of a large family living in the country instilled a creativity born out of necessity; she is always trying to figure out how to make things with the simplest tools and ingredients. Meg is trained as a midwife, and sees access to nutrition as being a cornerstone of women's health during pregnancy and beyond. She envisions helping build a community where women and their families have access to the food and medical care that they need, regardless of their income, race, religion, gender,  sexual orientation, or education level.

2014-2015 Service Members

Emily Deitchler

Two of Emily's first true loves were the Ozarks and good food, which have motivated many of her adventures over the last 23 years and eventually led her to her latest love, Tri Cycle Farms. Emily grew up outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where she played in the woods and garden, chased deer out of the compost, and experimented in the kitchen. She went on to study Biology and Environmental Studies at Hendrix College, where her perspective on environmental and food security issues was both broadened and deepened. She decided to pursue sustainable community development, and is excited to continue learning and teaching in the garden while striving to grow and strengthen community at Tri Cycle Farms.

Lindi Phillips

Lindi is a local girl who is joining the Tri Cycle team after completing a 2.5-year apprenticeship with a licensed midwife, where she learned not only about catching babies but also about issues of food access and nutrition in the pre- and postnatal context. She became interested in small farming after reading entirely too much Wendell Berry and experimenting on her own 3.5-acre homestead in Prairie Grove. Lindi has a background in international community development work, living for extended periods in both Central America and Eastern Tibet. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas in 2013. She has a 3-year-old son who loves fishing and digging in the dirt, and her husband of 7 years is a teacher, writer, and advocate who works on human rights, cultural and political history, and pop culture. He received his PhD from the University of Arkansas in 2013. Lindi hopes to draw parents of young children into the farm's fold, further develop children's programs, help grow the Crossroads Farmers Market, and generally get her hands good and dirty in this wonderful Arkansas soil.

Suzanne Shaver

Suzanne is a nature lover who spends most of her time outside whether working or relaxing. She is interested in building soil and believes that sustainable farming and local food are an important part of repairing the planet and building community. Originally from Virginia, she moved to Arkansas about a year ago to live on a small homestead and manage a market garden and a flock of chickens. Her educational background is in social work and permaculture, and she hopes to help teach people to feel a stronger connection to the earth and to walk a gentler path. In her free time she makes soap and herbal tinctures, takes walks, reads, and enjoys time with her friends, family, and cat.

Lyndsay McGee

Lyndsay McGee moved to Fayetteville in the fall of 2010 to attend the University of Arkansas where she majored in Geography with an emphasis on Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). After receiving her BA she decided to continue her education and pursue a MA in Geography with the goal to have it completed by the winter of 2015. Her love for nature and the outdoors morphed over the years of her education into a deep curiosity of the processes at work on our planet (social, political, environmental, etc.) and how we, as a community, in turn foster these processes. Experimentation over the years with her own patio and backyard garden led to the realization of the power of building communities through soil. Leading to a bigger realization of the importance of community involvement and is what has thrusted her to become a service member through Arkansas GardenCorps. The knowledge gained throughout her experience at Tri Cycle Farms she plans to incorporate into her own farm, family, and community one day.