Our Community


Love for the land, our families, our friends and our food – that’s what fuels our CommonGround community. Scroll down to learn where our volunteers are located, or Contact Us to get involved.

CommonGround North Dakota

Michele Bartholomay

Sheldon, North Dakota

Our Farm: alfalfa, beef cattle, corn, oats, sunflowers, soybeans, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, photography, arts and crafts, travel, reading

Ask Me About: sustainability and conservation, animal nutrition, animal welfare and antibiotics, hormones in meat and milk, food safety, family farms vs. corporate farms

About Me: I have a passion to see my children be able to live the way we do with families of their own!

Katelyn Blackwelder

Fargo, North Dakota

Our Farm: alfalfa, corn, dairy cattle, soybeans, wheat

My Work: farmer, communications coordinator

My Hobbies: arts and crafts, movies, reading

Ask Me About: animal welfare, antibiotics and animal health, farm ownership

About Me: My family milks about 320 cows with a newly-installed robotic milking system, and we farm about 1,850 acres of crops. My parents, grandparents and my brothers are all active on the farm. It’s truly a family operation.

Jodi Boe

Golden Valley, North Dakota

Our Farm: vegetables, wheat

My Work: farmer, agronomist, full-time student

My Hobbies: photography, travel, reading, hiking

Ask Me About: biotechnology and GMOs

About Me: I grew up on a small farm in western North Dakota. My family raises wheat, and my mother grows a garden for the local farmer’s market. I am a student now at North Dakota State University, studying crop and weed sciences and agricultural economics. As a student, I love to help others learn about agriculture. I would be happy to talk with you about crops and biotechnology.

Annie Carlson

Mercer, North Dakota

Our Farm: pigs, poultry, sheep

My Work: farmer, wife, mom

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, writing, arts and crafts, reading

Ask Me About: local and organic foods

About Me: My husband and I raise three children, grass-fed lambs and pastured hogs, chickens and turkeys on our unique farm. I say unique because we also have a commercial kitchen for catering and for hosting cooking classes, which use ingredients that we raised. Our customers buy our products through our CSA (community-supported agriculture) program as well as local farmers markets. And they know that they can tour our farm, even on Christmas Eve, to see how their food is raised.

Facebook: Morning Joy Farm

Twitter: @MorningJoyFarm

Dana Dagman

Enderlin, North Dakota

Our Farm: barley, corn, soybeans, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom

My Hobbies: writing, blogging, child care

Ask Me About: family farms vs. corporate farms

About Me: Born and raised in a suburb of Minneapolis, I met my husband in college, where we both earned non-agriculture degrees. After working in the Twin Cities, we quit our corporate careers to move back to his family farm, where we now work with his parents, growing wheat, barley, corn and soybeans. I want consumers, particularly moms with young children, to feel safe about the food choices they are making for their families.

Website: Green Acres Report

Facebook: The Green Acres Report

Instagram: @TheGreenAcresReport

Debra Dohn

Wishek, North Dakota

Our Farm: honey

My Work: farmer, wife, mom

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, travel, overall fitness, swimming

Ask Me About: food safety

About Me: My husband, son and I are commercial honey producers in North Dakota. We partner with our neighbors’ crop operations to benefit our honey production. I enjoy educating consumers and helping them understand more about bees and food safety, as I know the more removed we are from our food, the more questions we have.

Teresa Dvorak

Manning, North Dakota

Our Farm: alfalfa, beef cattle, canola, corn, oats, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, arts and crafts, reading

Ask Me About: animal nutrition and welfare

About Me: I met my husband while we were both pursuing Master’s degrees in ruminant (cattle) nutrition. When we moved back to his family ranch, we used our educational background to build and operate a feedlot specializing in heifer development. Agriculture is my livelihood, my passion and my job. It is a job that allows me to put food on my table and raise my children. I want others to have a greater understanding and appreciation for their food and where it comes from.

Katie Heger

Underwood, North Dakota

Our Farm: corn, soybeans, wheat, edible beans, peas

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, teacher, consultant

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, blogging, arts and crafts, travel, gardening

Ask Me About: biotechnology and GMOs, food safety

About Me: I grew up in Minneapolis. I knew very little about farming or agriculture when I met my husband. Today, I can say that I can think of nothing else I’d rather do. We work hard to run our third generation farm and raise our kids to respect the land we live on.

Website: My Prairie Days

Facebook: Heger Farms

Twitter: @HegerFarms

Jean Henning

Fargo, North Dakota

Our Farm:

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, accountant

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, biking, travel, movies, overall fitness, hiking

Ask Me About: food prices

About Me: I’m the accountant at the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council. My husband and I also own farmland in Wimbledon, North Dakota, and we sharecrop with our family. I love to share stories about farming and farmers to help consumers understand the amount of work and passion that goes into this industry.

Christie Jaeger

Esmond, North Dakota

Our Farm: beef cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom

My Hobbies: hiking, movies, music, reading, traveling

Ask Me About: antibiotics and animal health, sustainability

About Me: We live in central North Dakota on the farm my husband grew up on, and our hometown’s population is about 100. We have a daughter and two sons. In addition to being a wife and mom, I’m also involved in our community and serve in various ag organizations as well as our local opera house. On the farm, I have been bookkeeper, cook, equipment mover, equipment driver and many other jobs as needed. We love what we do, and it’s a joy to share that with our family.

Megan Klosterman

Mooreton, North Dakota

Our Farm: corn, soybeans

My Work: farmer, full-time student

My Hobbies: arts and crafts, baking, cooking, fitness, photography, travel

Ask Me About: GMO foods

About Me: I am a full-time student at North Dakota State University, pursuing an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics. My dad and brother are the main operators of our farm in the Red River Valley. It means a lot to me that over 100 years ago, my ancestors broke the ground that my brother still uses to raise a healthy crop today. It’s amazing that our family owes everything to the same soil that has been providing for us for so many generations, year after year.

Vanessa Kummer

Colfax, North Dakota

Our Farm: barley, corn, soybeans, sugar beets

My Work: farmer, wife, mom

My Hobbies: cooking, travel, reading, hiking

Ask Me About: biotechnology and GMOs, sustainability and conservation, family farms vs. corporate farms

About Me: Farming for us is a family affair, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. I want people to understand why we do what we do and why we are so passionate about it.

Miranda Meehan

Fargo, North Dakota

My Work: farmer, wife, livestock environmental stewardship specialist

My Hobbies: running, reading, overall fitness, hiking, hunting

Ask Me About: sustainability and conservation, animal nutrition, animal welfare and antibiotics

About Me: I am the extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist at North Dakota State University. My program focuses on livestock and environmental interactions with the goal of improving sustainability through improved environmental stewardship. I conduct research on grazing management and water quality. I hope to help educate consumers about agriculture and help them make informed decisions based on facts supported by sound science, and increase awareness of food production and sustainability.

Twitter: @NDSU_eX_Steward

Katie Miller

Kindred, North Dakota

Our Farm:

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, grain-marketing advisor, farm broadcaster

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, reading

Ask Me About: biotechnology and GMOs, animal nutrition and welfare, food prices

About Me: I know there is a scary amount of misinformation and misunderstanding that is out there about how food is produced. Society is removed from knowledge about farming, and that has left the agriculture industry disconnected from its customer base. Being involved with CommonGround is a great way to help inform consumers that their food is safely and responsibly produced.

Twitter: @ktangmill

Alisha Nord

Fargo, North Dakota

Our Farm: beef cattle, corn, soybeans

My Work: farmer, public information officer

My Hobbies: photography, travel, overall fitness, hiking, working on the farm, showing cattle

Ask Me About: animal nutrition and welfare

About Me: I am a fifth-generation farmer in North Dakota. I also work full-time as a public information officer for the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. I spend my free time helping out on the farm. I spend most of my summer and vacations traveling to cattle shows with my family.

Facebook: North Dakota Ag Experiment Station

Julie Peterson

Harwood, North Dakota

Our Farm: corn, soybeans

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, seed-company owner

My Hobbies: travel, reading, family history

Ask Me About: biotechnology and GMOs, family farms vs. corporate farms

About Me: I grew up on a corn, soybean and livestock farm in northeast Iowa where I was an active 4-H member. I met my husband at Iowa State University. After graduation, we married and moved back to his family’s farm, founded in 1918, near Fargo, North Dakota. After a career in software, I joined my husband in launching a soybean seed brand. We have been in business for over 20 years and we employ 55 people. We now sell both soybean and corn seed. We have grown both conventional and GMO crops. There was also a time when our processing plant was organic-certified. So, I can answer questions about many methods of seed production.

Website: Peterson Farms Seed

Facebook: Peterson Farms Seed

Twitter: @PFseed

Bridgette Readel

Hunter, North Dakota

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, market-development specialist

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, singing, arts and crafts, reading, overall fitness

Ask Me About: biotechnology and GMOs, food safety, family farms vs. corporate farms

About Me: We are closely involved in farming through our jobs in seed and crop protection. We work closely with customers to make great management decisions and offer agronomic advice. I am a market-development specialist, which means I’m involved in training and educating my staff and customers on products, selling skills and agronomics.

Laura Rutherford

Grafton, North Dakota

Our Farm: edible beans, potatoes, sugar beets, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom

My Hobbies: blogging, photography, running, traveling

Ask Me About: farm ownership, GMO foods

About Me: I am a mother of three active boys. I am very proud to be part of the American sugar beet industry and the 2 percent of the American population that farms. Fun fact: our family farm can meet the sugar needs of 68,000 people.

Website: The Sweet Truth

Nicole Schouviller

Fargo, North Dakota

Our Farm: dairy cattle

My Work: assistant underwriter, crop department

My Hobbies: arts and crafts, baking, cooking, movies, running, traveling

Ask Me About: hormones in meat and milk

About Me: I am currently a student at North Dakota State University, where I am involved in several ag clubs and serve as treasurer of the North Dakota State University Agriculture Coalition. I grew up on a century-owned dairy farm that is operated by my dad and his brother. It makes me proud that I grew up on the farm because it gave me a great work ethic. When I make it back home, I am usually doing chores like milking cows or helping to feed baby cows. It is the greatest feeling to see my 79-year-old grandpa all the way down to my 10-year-old cousin doing something on the farm.

Kristi Schultz

Wheatland, North Dakota

Our Farm: alfalfa, beef cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, sales support lead

My Hobbies: arts and crafts, baking, gardening, overall fitness, reading, running, traveling

Ask Me About: animal welfare, farm ownership

About Me: My husband, Ryan, and I have two grown kids, Cody and Kyle. In addition to farming and owning their own cow/calf operation, Cody is an electrician and Kyle is in college studying agriculture economics.  We all enjoy having visitors on our farm and talking to all age groups about our farm, whether it be through organizations, friends, schools or with other moms.

 Facebook: Kristi Schultz

Twitter: Kristi Schultz

Ronda Throener

Cogswell, North Dakota

Our Farm: beef cattle, corn, soybeans

My Work: farmer, wife, mom

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, photography, gardening

Ask Me About: family farms vs. corporate farms

About Me: Along with my husband and children, we raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle on our first-generation farm. I always enjoy inviting people to come and visit my farm because I want people to feel good about how we raise their food and to understand how and why we do things the way we do.

Joey Tigges

Durbin, North Dakota

Our Farm: pigs

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, director of leadership with a non-profit farm organization

My Hobbies: running, hunting, snowmobiling, watching North Dakota State University Bison football

Ask Me About: animal nutrition and welfare

About Me: Everything that I am passionate about somehow ties back to agriculture. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Iowa and then moved to Durbin, North Dakota. My job allows me to focus on educating children about agriculture. The best part of living on our small hobby farm is walking our show pigs, which my daughter enters in livestock competitions.

Sara Vollmer

Wing, North Dakota

Our Farm: beef cattle, corn, hay, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, training and development manager

My Hobbies: canning, gardening, hiking, photography, reading, rodeo, running, traveling

Ask Me About: animal welfare, antibiotics and animal health, farm ownership, sustainability

About Me: My husband, Troy, and I have three daughters who are very active in rodeo. In addition to my roles as wife and mom, I also have careers on and off the farm. In my job off the farm, I work at a community college and partner with local organizations to assess talent gaps and training needs and implement customized programs that ignite individual and team performance. When I’m not working, I also enjoy overall fitness, particularly hiking and running. 

Website: http://saravollmerwhisperinginthewind.blogspot.com/

Facebook: Sara Vollmer

Val Wagner

Monango, North Dakota

Our Farm: alfalfa, beef cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, paralegal

My Hobbies: cooking, writing, blogging, reading

Ask Me About: biotechnology and GMOs, animal nutrition and welfare, food safety

About Me: I farm and ranch alongside my husband and our four boys. Our youngest son, Eli, has a metabolic condition that limits the amount of protein he can have in a day. Through this journey, I have seen the true value of technology, especially in our cropping systems. Being able to meet his needs through genetically modified crops is a hope that I have for the future!

Website: Wag’n Tales

Twitter: @wagfarms

Tracie Weigel

Wishek, North Dakota

Our Farm: alfalfa, beef cattle, corn, oats, rye, sorghum, soybeans, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, registered nurse

My Hobbies: cooking, biking, travel, overall fitness, hiking, hunting, fishing and camping

Ask Me About: animal nutrition, animal welfare and antibiotics, food prices, food safety

About Me: My husband and I moved back to North Dakota to start farming after traveling across the country for his civil engineering career. We are proud to be raising our own beef and grains, teaching our daughter along the way, as well as others, about where their food comes from. As a nurse, I compare animals and people. We take care of our animals just like my patients want to be taken care of.

Sarah Wilson

Jamestown, North Dakota

Our Farm: corn, wheat, soybeans and cover crops, including rye, radishes and turnips

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, professional speaker, program facilitator

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, photography, running, biking, singing, arts and crafts, travel, reading

Ask Me About: biotechnology and GMOs, sustainability and conservation, animal nutrition, animal welfare and antibiotics, hormones in meat and milk, family farms vs. corporate farms

About Me:  My husband and I farm with our three children, who are the fifth generation on this farm. I have a strong interest in international agriculture and have traveled abroad three times to study agriculture. I love sharing the stories of farming to anyone who is interested, and that’s why we’ve created an open-door policy on our farm. Every eater deserves to have accurate information about how their food is grown in order to confidently make food choices. We love to host visitors, but beware, we’ve been known to put them to work!

Website: Farmer on a Mission

Facebook: J.S. Wilson Farm

Twitter: @JSWilsonFarm

Instagram: @jswilsonfarm

Polly Wyrick-Ulrich

Ashley, North Dakota

Our Farm: alfalfa, beef cattle, corn, oats, soybeans, sunflowers, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, registered nurse, paramedic

My Hobbies: cooking, photography, arts and crafts, travel, reading, gardening

Ask Me About: biotechnology and GMOs, sustainability and conservation, animal nutrition and welfare, family farms vs. corporate farms

About Me: I am a co-partner on our family farm and ranch, working alongside my husband and brother-in-law. Besides our crops, we raise beef cattle on the native prairie grasslands of North Dakota. I love the spring because that means it’s planting and calving season. As a master gardener, summers are filled with flower and veggie gardening. In the fall, my combine, named “Princess,” becomes my full-time office during wheat harvest at the end of August through soybean and corn harvest in November. Live. Love. Farm!

Instagram: @Polly’s_Place_On_The_Prairie