Our Board of Directors

NDFMGA Board of Directors 2020-2022 Souteast Representative - NDFMGA President

Ross Lockhart

PO Box 191
Grandin, ND

Ross and his wife, Amber, own and operate Heart and Soil Farm based in Gardner, ND.  Although Amber and Ross started their small-scale vegetable farm in 2013, Ross’s passion for agriculture developed early in life as he took every opportunity to help out on his family farm growing up.  Nevertheless, Ross left the farm for some years after graduating from college to pursue career opportunities on the west coast. In addition to being exposed to a host of new ideas related to “local” food and sustainable agriculture during his time in California, Ross eventually discovered that his heart was still back on the family farm in North Dakota.  When Ross, Amber, and Stella (daughter) moved back to ND in 2012, they decided to get their hands dirty and help support the blossoming local food movement in ND.  They sell their produce through several different market channels, including the Red River Market in Fargo, a CSA, and a few wholesale venues.

NDFMGA Board of Directors 2019-21 and Northwest Representative, NDFMGA Vice President

Marvin Baker is owner of North Star Farms in Carpio, ND. North Star Farms passionately grows certified organic produce for the health of the community and this Earth while providing excellence in our service. We will leave a legacy by sharing our organic farming knowledge with others. North Star Farms, P.O. Box 164, Carpio, N.D. 58725, (701) 720-2635


NDFMGA Board of Directors 2020-2022 Treasurer

Mike Pretzer. serves as the treasurer on the NDFMGA Board of Directors.  I am a member of the Rugby Farmer's Market along with my wife, Alecia.  We are bread bakers.  We call ourselves The Double Batch.  Along with a large variety of hand kneaded, made from scratch yeast breads, we also sell a small variety of items from our vegetable garden.  Our youngest daughter, Miya, also likes to prepare and sell flower arrangements.  We live at 111 4th St SE in Rugby and can be reached at .  You can also visit our Face book page at The Double Batch.

Mike Pretzer, 10930 30M ST SW, Dickinson, ND 58601 701-681-1306, pastormikepretzer@gmail.com

NDFMGA Board of Directors 2020-2022 and Southwest Representative

Vanessa              Masseth, Creekside Farmstand, 2695 28th St.      Mandan              ND, 58554          701-226-4809                  vmasseth@yahoo.com

Vanessa Masseth

NDFMGA Board of Directors 2019-21 Southeast Representative

My name is Joe Sutherland, I'm a married father of 8 and a 45 year old hobby farmer. We have a 70 acre farm in Dawson, Kidder County, where we raise a small beef cattle herd, chickens and milk goats. My family is a member of the NDFMGA, as well as state licensed egg and feed dealers. We have a small roadside stand in which we sell our cottage food goods. Will use to attend the Bismarck Capital Farmers market but began making enough of our own products to have the on farm store.  We are currently waiting on the state inspection for additional food retailers license.  We do our best to raise our livestock and garden organically, with as little pesticides is possible. Sometimes the life we choose is harder than it has to be, but in the long run is better than it would be otherwise. Our goal is to one day be able to make enough income solely off of the farm without having to work a "regular" job.

Joe Sutherland, 3836 Hwy 3, Dawson, ND 58428, 701-327-8134,  dawsonfaithfarms@yahoo.com 

Joe Sutherland

NDFMGA Board of Directors 2019-2021 Southwest Representative

Roberta Thorson

Biographical information coming soon!


NDFMGA Board of Directors 2020-2022 Northeast Representative

I Janel Anderson along with my husband & son are the owner/operators of Rustic Acres.  We offer a large

variety of fresh produce at farmers markets in Rolette & Rolla, on farm sales as well as to some local schools.

We host a small pumpkin patch in the fall to the local schools & public as well. I have been on the board of directors

for NDFGA for the past 2 yrs.

Janel Anderson, 701-246-3277 or 701-871-2291, janela@utma.com

NDFMGA Board of Directors 2020-2022 Northeast Representative

After a 22-year career as an English Instructor in Rolla, ND, Danielle Mickelson left teaching to pursue a love for growing vegetables and processing family recipes into pickles, sauces, relishes, jams and jellies.  Her family began selling at the Rolla Farmers Market in 2015 as a way to share and sell the bounty of their garden, and it quickly became the passion of Danielle and her daughter Rachael.  Each year, Mickelson Tiny Plants expands both in size and offerings to their customers.  In 2018 the garden will be larger than an acre and include a large variety of fruits and vegetables that are started in their own home.  Danielle was taught to grow, can, cook and bake by her parents and grandparents and is honored that her daughter is becoming the driving force in keeping the traditions alive and sharing them with their community. They can be found every Wednesday and Saturday morning, July through October, in Centennial Park in Rolla, ready to share vegetables, fruits, canned goods, and sourdough breads.

Danielle Mickelson

9871 Hwy 30

Rolla, ND

Biographical information coming soon!

NDFMGA Board of Directors 2020-2022 Northwest Representative

My husband Ron and I own and operate Cutbank Creek Produce at Upham, ND. We grow about 1-1/2 acre of specialty 

vegetable products for sale at North Prairie Farmers Market in Minot, on-farm sales and U-pick. We are inspected and licensed by 1st district health to accommodate the wholesale market. In the winter and spring we live in Minot where I am employed at Lowes Garden Center for the spring bedding season. Go Bison.


Peggy Walter, Cutbank Creek Produce, 511 Ramstad Ave. Minot, ND 58701. Farm address: 7918-7th ave. N, Upham, ND  701-240-7026, humanbean@srt.com

Peggy Walter, Cutbank Creek Produce

NDFMGA Board of Directors 2020-2022 At Large Representative

Bonnie Munsch.is starting her second year as a representative at large for the NDFMGA. She has been selling vegetables at the Capital Farmers Market since 2002 and became involved with NDFMGA through them. 

Bonnie Munsch, 3229 123rd ave NW., Bismarck ND 58503. 1-701-202-1181


NDFMGA Executive Director

Holly Rose Mawby is the Director of the Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture at Dakota college at Bottineau.  She also co-owns gardnedwellers FARM with her family in Esmond, ND.  gardendwellers FARM sells fresh herbs to grocery stores and restaurants as well as direct sale customers and agritourism events.  Holly has been a member of the NDFMGA since it's inception in 2004 and took over executive director duties in 2010.

Holly Rose Mawby, Dakota College at Bottineau, 105 Simrall Bld., Bottineau, ND 58318, 701-681-0252


NDFMGA Board of Directors Advisory Member

Jamie started with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture in the Spring of 2013 as the Local Foods Marketing Specialist. Jamie enjoys getting to know and help the producers he works with. Jamie grew up on a small dairy farm in central Wisconsin. He lives in Bismarck with his wife and two sons. Jamie and his family enjoy their backyard kitchen garden and spending time outside. Jamie also serves his community as a member of the Bismarck Lions Club.


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