As Executive Director, Stephanie provides organizational direction and staff leadership. She builds partnerships, fundraises, and keeps FARRMS growing and thriving. She has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management and grant writing, has master’s degrees in Public Administration and Environmental Studies and is a member of Rural Leadership ND, Class IX. A fourth generation farmer, Stephanie completed Farm Beginnings in 2014 and launched Meadowlark Granary, a home bakery and mill using the wheat grown on her family’s farm near Drake. She lives in Bottineau with her husband Robear and enjoys cooking, making music, and bicycling.
Jennifer manages our financials, runs payroll, maintains the office space in Tuttle and keeps everything running smoothly at FARRMS. She has a background in Public Health with a focus on the Environment and Health and a minor in Biology. Jennifer loves food, gardening, and being outdoors. She said, “I am fascinated by the variety of activity in the garden from the excitement of the first asparagus sighting to the last located parsnip.” She lives on a farmstead north of Steele with her husband Allen, dog Nixie, two cats Leena and Kitty and the unnamed critters outside (cattle and laying hens).
Felicity Merritt is the Program Manager for FARRMS educational programs. Felicity lives in Fargo, where she is also a graduate student at North Dakota State University. Her thesis research focuses on the genetic improvement of potato. She has also worked as a FARRMS Intern with the Red River Market. Felicity has always been interested in sustainable agriculture and food security. On the weekends, you can usually find her walking her dog or exploring local coffee shops.
Nora Larson serves as a State AmeriCorps Member in the position of Communications Coordinator at FARRMS. Nora grew up on a farm/ranch near Hettinger, ND that raises SimAngus cattle as well as small grain crops. While at home you could catch her selling produce, baked goods, and fudge at the local farmers market. She is now based out of Spearfish, SD where she earned a degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Black Hills State University. In her spare time Nora enjoys hiking, cycling, running, long talks with friends, cooking, and befriending dogs
Board of Directors
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.
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.
Join Our Board of Directors
FARRMS is looking for more Board members. If you care about sustainable agriculture and growing communities you might be a great fit for our board. We are especially looking for Board Directors with fiscal, legal, or fundraising expertise.
What is FARRMS about and what do we ask of our Board Directors? Read the info sheet for prospective Board Directors, Board Director Job Description and FARRMS Overview to learn more.
Ready to apply? Fill out an application. You can fill out our digital application or download the application as a Microsoft Word document.