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Board of Directors

Are you interested in joining the FARRMS Board of Directors? You can apply! We accept applications on a rolling basis.

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Britney Barnett, Board Chair

Arnegard, ND

Britney farms alongside her husband in western North Dakota, they raise a diverse rotation of crops in a no-till system - peas, lentils, safflower, durum, hard red spring wheat and barley.
In addition to being a full-time farmer, she volunteers with the McKenzie County Extension Office and their Junior Masters Gardening Program in the summer, the NRCS as an Earth Team volunteer and also serves on a couple other non-profit boards. Someday she hopes to have her own vegetable farm or pumpkin patch! Britney loves hiking, camping, spending time with her dogs (Razi & Syver) and is currently trying to master the art of brewing kombucha!

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Bill Davis, Board Vice Chair

Bismarck, ND

William C. (Bill) Davis owns and operates Sandhills Garden near Mandan. He has more than 45 years of experience working at all levels of government and as a private consultant in community planning and economic development. He is the former acting director and the deputy director for USDA Rural Development-North Dakota and served as the economic development director for U.S. Sen. Byron L. Dorgan. He and his wife, Susan, have six sons and 11 grandchildren.

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Claire Lowstuter, Board Secretary

Bismarck, ND

Claire Lowstuter runs Folly Hill Farm and Black Bison Organics near Bismarck with her husband Derek. They raise laying ducks for fresh eggs, manufacture organic soil amendments, and are constructing a deep winter greenhouse. The Lowstuters learned different farming techniques during time spent with farmers in Colorado, Ireland, Ethiopia and Thailand. Claire and Derek took Farm Beginnings in during the winter of 2017-2018 which helped them discover funding opportunities for beginning farmers and write a farm development plan.

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Toby Stroh, Board Treasurer

Dickinson, ND

Tobias “Toby” Stroh is an Assistant Professor of Agriculture at Dickinson State University. He has been a member of the Blue Hawk family in the Department of Agriculture and Technical Studies for 30 years (and counting). Stroh teaches everything from Ag Finance and Ag Accounting to Range and Pasture Management, Livestock Production and Animal Science. The “Agriculture and Technical Studies Mobile Classroom” can be found all over southwest North Dakota as he’s found that his students learn best by doing and appreciate hands-on field trips and labs. He challenges his students to apply actual financial and range management information needed for an operating farm/ranch to do a financial analysis and budget.
Stroh was honored as DSU’s Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Award recipient in 2008 and was named the University’s Distinguished Educator of the Year in 2021.

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Jane Schreck, Board Director

Bismarck, ND

Jane Schreck taught English at Bismarck State College for over 20 years, retiring in May 2021. Now professor emerita, she continues her connection to the college as the community representative for BSC’s Bringing Humanities to Life Program.
In 2009, Jane began researching and writing on the works of writer-farmer Wendell Berry for a doctoral dissertation. Digging into Berry’s thinking was life-changing in many ways and expanded her perspective beyond the industrial thinking of modern American culture to an agrarian view of the world. This ongoing scholarship is the source of sympathy for and understanding of the mission of FARRMS.
Jane and her husband Dan have two grown children. They live in Bismarck, where in the appropriate season, they enjoy bicycling, gardening, and cross-country skiing.