Who we are

At Erickson Farmstead, family and friends make the world go 'round and we are just thrilled to add you to that number. We believe the best memories are made with those we love, strong cups of coffee or sweet tea in hand, and dancing in the kitchen. Sound like what you believe in, too? Well, then, why not pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, get to know us, and stay awhile. We're so glad you're here.

The perfect place for your wedding or gathering the Farmstead promises to be a retreat for you and everyone you love. The Farmstead is the venue where friends become family and a lifetime of memories are made.


Meet the team

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Elizabeth Fry

Manager

Site Coordinator Team Lead

Elizabeth is thrilled to be joining the Farmstead Team - what a dream opportunity! She will be managing the venue, leading the Farm's Site Coordinator Team, and making the dreams & visions of friends, family, & community members come true through the beauty and charm of the Farm.

She graduated from University of Northwestern - St. Paul with a B.A. in Communication Studies and met her hubby of ten years there.  They live close to the Farm with their three littles.  She comes with extensive management & organizational experience.  She worked for many years as a commercial real estate closer for a firm in downtown Minneapolis and in recent years transitioned to managing their residential & commercial new construction portfolio.  She is a details/system gal but also a visionary and hopes to combine both her personal & professional skills within this job!

Elizabeth is an entrepreneur that loves coffee, reading, writing, music, being active outdoors, and any quiet moments to herself (hello, mom life!).  You can follow more of her journey at: elizabethafry.com

I very much look forward to meeting each and every one of you and partnering together to make the dreams and visions of friends, family, & community members come true through the beauty and charm of the Farm.  

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Sarah Kirby

Events & Brand Manager
Senior Site Coordinator

With extensive experience behind-the-scenes organizing large and small events, Sarah is ready and waiting to make your day stress-free. From afternoon tea parties to a 600 person conference, she has helped people make their dream event a reality and is ready to take your ideas and turn into a day to remember. 

Sarah is all about a good book, adores a cup of Earl Grey, and occasionally plays the piano. Her passport is always close at hand because she loves a good adventure. She finds joy in a day spent in the sun with her husband Nate, zinnia flowers, and the occasional puppy-snuggle. 

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Julie Davis

Lead Visionary
Cozy Space Designer
Owner

Julie is beyond excited to see the Farmstead bursting with life again and have you be a part of it! Hospitality is her thing, which means she'll offer you a cold soda pop or a cup of coffee or something to munch on. She has a knack for making people feel at home and comfortable, no matter the situation, and has a love of things with chippy paint and a few years under their belt. 

Julie graduated with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Dennis and Julie have been married for almost 24 years and have three children. She worked in marketing for Maximum Promotions and Swiss Miss before starting a family and spending 10 years as a homemaker. Once their kids were in school full time, she opened and ran a successful staging company from 2006 until 2011, called Rediscovered Interiors LLC, with a partner. In 2010 she started substitute teaching at PACT Charter School, where their 3 children attended school, and continued teaching until purchasing and opening the Round Barn Trading Company with her husband Dennis in 2015. 

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Dennis Davis

Lead Event Enabler
Rusty-Things Finder
Owner

Dennis is an uncanny antique finder, loves the Vikings, and loves to swap stories with friends old and new. A handy-man extrodinare, he can build or fix just about anything. When not tinkering or picking antiques he can be found in “Blue” his ‘59 Chevy pickup. 

Dennis worked for Walmart Stores Inc. for almost 30 years, working his way up from Hourly Sales Associate to Market Health and Wellness Director. He has extensive experience managing small and large teams, collaborating to achieve organizational goals. With over ten years in HR, his knowledge of recruiting, retaining and employment law is extensive. 

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Mandy Nydam

Assistant Site Coordinator

Mandy has been married to her high school sweetheart, Joel, for 19 years. He is an elementary principle. They have four daughters, ages 13, 11, 9, and 7.

A Minnesota native, she work at KTIS radio during the day. She loves building and creating items from crafts to furniture, being in the sun (and will always move furniture to sit in the sunshine!), loves to travel and beaches, and the color yellow.

Mandy loves helping people and being productive.

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Robin Brown

Site Coordinator

Robin has five kids and her children and family are what are most important to her.

A nurse by trade, she has also worked as a substitute teacher, as well as full time flight attendant for 2 years. In additional to working at the Farmstead, she currently works for an estate sale company and paints and renews furniture. She was also featured as a Pedestal Floral Artist at Art in Bloom at MIA.

She and her husband have a cabin up north and while they’re there, you’ll find her on the Hydrobike.

She loves a good French 75 and takes her coffee black.

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Linda Gilbertson

Assistant Site Coordinator

Linda has two daughters, whom she loves dearly. She is an avid thrifter and crafter and can be caught dancing and singing along to Queen.

A native Swede, she has lived in the states for her entire married life.

She loves to be on and by the water, has been know to make some killer pizzas on the smoker, and in general enjoys cooking and hosting.

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Becky Poppen

Site Coordinator

Becky loves tea, coffee, and chocolate in no particular order. Her faith, family and friends are most important to her.

She has lived in Cambridge for 18 years, with her husband, Jim, of 28 years.

Both Becky and Jim had been educators for their whole careers, with Becky having taught for over 25 years.

She has two grown children who were both married in the last couple of years to the most wonderful people!

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Cathy Fix

Site Coordinator

Cathy is a true Midwesterner with a Southern “twist”! Born and raised near the coast of North Carolina, she moved to Minnesota with her husband and daughter 26 years ago. She embraced the Minnesota winters, riding her own snowmobile with matching purple and teal jacket!

In addition to a career in children’s services she was a stay-at-home mom. It was during this time she also began entertaining and planning every kind of party you can imagine! When she was asked to be the personal attendant for “another daughter” and neighbor, she took it a step further and planned a wedding!

She hasn’t stopped since finding her true passion for planning parties and loves every minute of it! One of her favorite parts of the wedding planning process is connecting people. Whether it is the fabulous florist who becomes the bride’s best friend or the sign artist who creates a custom masterpiece welcoming each guest to a couple’s wedding day!

 

Cheesin’ hard for the camera because Julie and Dennis had just decided to buy the Farmstead!

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Farmstead Restoration

We recently acquired the Erickson Farmstead and are working quickly to prepare it for your next event. It takes time, elbow grease, and a lot of work to fix up a farm, but we're tackling it one project at a time to revitalize the Farmstead's natural beauty. Follow the restoration projects on all the social sites and through our newsletter below (we promise not to spam your inbox). 

Are you interested in helping out with the refurbishing and TLC of the Farmstead by pitching in a few hours of elbow grease for projects, have a unique skill set, or want to get the details for our upcoming work days? This is the place to be to get the particulars on how to get involved. 

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