Founder and Executive Director
Don, a 35-year resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas studied landscape architecture, landscape design, urban horticulture, and environmental science at the University of Arkansas. Don likes to quote his dad when he says: “I’m a jack of all trades and master of none!” Don’s career experiences have included operating and managing a small business, maintenance technician of power substations for a local cooperative, appliance sales specialist, grid tied solar and renewable energy applications, to name a few.
Amanda Swicegood moved to Fayetteville in 2009 and began working in a neighborhood community garden right away. Amanda first connected with Tri Cycle when she met the TCF Founding Board Chair James Cohea, our Director Don, and Operations Manager Kelly before Tri Cycle Farms was officially incorporated! Amanda supplied some of the first perennials planted in our soil and she has been a dedicated volunteer with the farm and our food recovery operations ever since.
Amanda homeschools her teenage son, Ethan. She sees the farm as a unique and exciting educational and social opportunity for her own son and all the youth of our community. As most true Fayettevillians, they enjoy being outside, hiking with the dog, kayaking, camping, and biking. They also enjoy cooking, art, music, reading, and spending time at home with their 2 cats and the dog.
Emily Beaver was born and raised in Arkansas, living in NWA most of her life, until she moved away to experience life in other cities. She graduated from Boston University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology, but the skills in administrative work that she developed while attending college turned into a career path for her. Emily has also spent many years volunteering in leadership roles for other nonprofits; her interest in food insecurity developed when she lived at a housing cooperative in Boulder, Colorado and worked with Boulder Food Rescue on supporting the other housing cooperatives in Boulder with their food sourcing needs. In her free time, Emily loves to crochet, hike, bake, and make comedic videos with her parents.