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Stephanie Blumhagen


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Executive Director

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.

Felicity Merritt


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Program Manager

As the Program Manager for FARRMS, Felicity is responsible for the development and implementation of educational programs, including Farm Dreams, Farm Beginnings, Sustainable Ag Internships, and more. Before taking her current position, Felicity worked as a FARRMS intern with the Red River Market and as the Coordinator of the North Dakota Local Food Development Alliance. With this experience, along with her educational background in the natural sciences, Felicity brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the fields of agricultural research, sustainability, and local food systems to her current role. In her free time, Felicity enjoys baking, walking along the river, and exploring the local coffee shop and restaurant scene in Fargo, where she currently resides with her fiancé and their beloved dog, Dipper.

Katie Erickson


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Events & Outreach Specialist

Katie Erickson is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving as our Events and Outreach Specialist. She was first introduced to FARRMS in 2018 when she took the Farm Beginnings class. The FARRMS organization and class helped her start her own vegetable farm in 2019. While running her own farm, Katie has become passionate about local foods and sustainable agriculture. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time in nature.

Jennifer Liebert


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Director of Operations

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).

Shelby Hazel


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Communications Coordinator

Shelby Hazel is the Communications Coordinator for FARRMS. In the summer of 2020, Shelby worked with FARRMS as a Farmers Market Intern with the Minot Farmers Market and has held various marketing positions since then. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Theatre Arts. Shelby has always been an advocate for supporting small businesses and enjoys getting to use her creativity through digital marketing. In her free time, she loves to cook, work on her many craft projects, or spend time at the theatre.

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