Welcome to gardendwellers FARM - Your North Dakota Connection to Fresh Culinary Herbs
Delivering high quality cooking herbs and fresh educational opportunities from June to October throughout North Dakota, we're proud to have been serving our customers with the best in fresh herbs since 2002.
gardendwellers FARM is North Dakota's largest herb farm. Owned and operated by Barry and Holly Mawby, we are located in north central North Dakota, only 23 miles from the geographic center of North America.
We sell only the highest quality fresh herbs during our growing season. We offer over 16 varieties of herbs for your cooking pleasure. We sell wholesale, retail and direct to consumers in quantities from one ounce to many pounds. We'll come to you to offer courses, classes, and workshops, and of course guests at the farm are always welcome with advance notice.
Although not certified organic, we use every organic principle and growing practice possible. We use sustainable methods including cover crops, green manures, crop rotations and mulch. In our over 10 years in business, we have never used a non-organic, Non-NOP approved chemical on our herbs. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us about our growing practices.
Barry, Holly, and their son Adam enjoy cooking with their herbs and adding them to other fresh, local ingredients to prepare meals that are well seasoned and nutritious. Adam began cooking when he was very young and has prepared items as unusual as pickled cattails and Norwegian Kransekaka. Holly enjoys finding new ways to use herbs in everyday dishes. Barry loves cooking on the grill and being the official taste tester for the new recipes being tried by the family.
Barry is the FARM’s primary maintenance person. He is Head Tiller, Mower, Constructor, and Controller. Without his hard work, the things we do would not be possible. During harvest, Barry’s is in charge of harvesting the majority of herbs.
Holly is head of operations, handling the scheduling of crops, office work, invoicing, billing, and marketing. During harvest, Holly is the Queen of Basil, harvesting pounds of basil each week.
Adam is Chief Thought Leader and Handiwork. His ideas keep the FARM young and efficient. More than once he has stopped his parents from making decisions that could have cost the farm time or money. Although not living on the farm, Adam returns often to assist with orchard maintenance, special projects and events.
The move to the new location has allowed the family to plant a one acre orchard with a plethora of fruits for their own use. The orchard also serves as a living lab for visitors to see, taste and learn about the multitude of small fruits that grow in North Dakota.
Joining in the family operation are two key family members. Ida, the cocker spaniel, is the official ‘rodent-sniffer-outer’ and assists with stress relief. The main pest control for the farm is Millie. Millie is an Australian Shepherd-German Shepherd cross who excels at mouse control, snake killing, and bird chasing. She is a working dog and takes her job seriously, protecting the farm and family from all manner of creatures. Both dogs are trained in dog sports with Ida holding an AKC Rally Excellent title and Millie working at her Agility titles. Both dogs have passed their Canine Good Citizen test as well as basic and advanced obedience.