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 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.
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 serves as the new State AmeriCorps Member in the position of 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 other marketing positions since then. She is a recent graduate from the University of North Dakota with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Theatre Arts. In the summer she works as Costume Designer & Costume Shop Manager for MSU Summer Theatre in Minot, North Dakota.