John Kester III, Tri Cycle Farms Interim Board President
My primary inspiration in life is appreciation for nature. I grew up visiting national parks around the country and I experienced a sense of admiration for the serenity these pristine preserved areas offered to travelers. The reason I serve on the board at Tri Cycle Farms is because I want to use my naturally invigorated spirit to help cultivate community and sustenance. I feel a calling to use my gratitude for experiences in the wilderness to give back to the outdoors in a place that can provide so much to people in need. There is significant value in growing the foundation of Tri Cycle Farms and I am committed to supporting the mission of community through soil.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone Number: (573) 286-4482
Profession: Research Associate at The Sustainability Consortium
BA, Denison University – Biology & Economics
MA, Northern Arizona University – Sustainable Communities
PhD, University of Arkansas – Environmental Dynamics
John currently serves as a Conservation Commitment Mentor for the Clinton Global Initiative University. Previously, John has been an assistant baseball coach, a volunteer at Full Circle Campus Food Pantry, and a United Way Funding Committee Reviewer.
His community involvement and individual interests include Business and Industry, Financial Development, University and Public Schools or Youth Programs.
Heather Friedrich, Tri Cycle Farms Board Secretary
Heather Friedrich grew up on a small farm in Iowa. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin – Stout and Masters of Science in Horticulture from Iowa State University. She came to Fayetteville in 2003 to work in the department of Horticulture at the University of Arkansas. Although her position has changed since 2003, her work is largely focused on organic and sustainable production research and outreach and supporting local food systems. Heather works closely with Northwest Arkansas farmers’ market managers and growers on projects such the ‘Double Your Dollar’ project, which provides a market match for SNAP and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program purchases at farmers’ markets. She also works to advance Northwest Arkansas local food opportunities and organizes professional development trainings in sustainable agriculture for agriculture professionals throughout Arkansas. In her spare time Heather loves to have fun outdoors with her two daughters and husband.
Email: Heatherf@uark.edu Phone: 479-283-5357
Profession: Program Manager at the University of Arkansas, working in sustainable and organic agriculture research and outreach in the Department of Horticulture and the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability. B.S., Human Nutrition and M.S., Horticulture
What inspires you? Everything! My daughters, hard work, good food, nature…
Why are you in nonprofit work? Because of the positive impact it has on people and communities.
Why does working with Tri Cycle Farms appeal to you personally? TCF appeals to me on several fronts. My first draw to TCF was through my connection to agriculture – TCF appeals to me because it’s a farm! Working with nature to cultivate food and create a beautiful wildlife sanctuary, along with the community aspects of farmers’ market are all important issues for me. Because of the location of TCF, it serves as an educational center. It provides wonderful opportunities for adults and kids to learn about the many aspects of gardening, food, and healthy living. I think TCF also does a fantastic job of raising the awareness of food insecurity in Fayetteville, as well as trying to alleviate hunger needs through food recovery efforts and its Third Shares program. And the people who are passionate about TCF and this work are amazing.
What is your favorite activity or past time? Playing with my girls, gardening, cooking, yoga, hiking and sewing.
What is your personal definition of Community? People working together to achieve common good.
Heather is a past and founding board member of Ozarks Slow Food; president and past president of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Horticulture Industry Show. Her community involvement and individual interests include Financial Development, Senior Citizens, University programs and Event Coordination.
Kelly Bassemier, Tri Cycle Farms Board Treasurer
I truly believe that all our problems can be solved in the garden. Sharing food, seeing the joy of children and adults as they experience the farm and growing this amazing community with our neighbors is what makes Tri Cycle Farms so special.
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Profession: Direct Service Provider, Lifestyles Inc.
BA in Fine Arts from Ouachita Baptist University.
What inspires you? I’m inspired by nature and the life-sustaining abundance that the earth provides. The beauty of the symbiotic relationship that is possible between humans, flora and fauna has inspired my love of gardening since childhood.
Why are you in nonprofit work? Being able to give my time and energy to an organization that serves my community is very rewarding.
What is your favorite activity or past time? Growing flowers and learning about the healing properties of herbs are my greatest passions.
What is your personal definition of Community? To me community is coming together to experience life in every way. Sharing work and reward and supporting one another through joys and hardships creating the resilient bounds of a healthy community.
Kelly’s community involvement and areas of individual interest include Arts, Volunteer and Event Coordination.
Justin Taylor, Tri Cycle Farms Board Member
Justin grew up Southeast Arkansas. He spent most of his free time outdoors where he developed a lasting relationship with the natural world. He has worked with various nonprofit organizations around the world in conservation and animal welfare and is proud to call Arkansas home. He currently works on waste reduction initiatives with schools and businesses in Washington County. He enjoys cooking and spending his free time on rivers, camping, hiking and fishing.
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Profession: Environmental Educator at Boston Mountain Solid Waste District
M.S. in Natural Resource and Environmental Management from University of Hawai`i
B.A. in International Relations from Hendrix College
What Inspires You? Connecting with nature on a regular basis is very important to me as well as sharing this connection with others.
Why are you in nonprofit work? There is a great need for nonprofit organizations and it gives me a sense of purpose to help fill this need.
Why does working with Tri Cycle Farms appeal to you personally? I believe in Tri Cycle’s mission and I believe that they are providing solutions for the issues of food security, well-being and food recovery. These things are all very important to me.
What is your favorite activity or past time? Outdoor activity including hiking, fishing and camping and travel
What is your personal definition of community? People who come together for a purpose
Justin’s community experience includes working with environmental nonprofits and leading student field trips at Kessler Mountain.