Holly Rose Mawby

Holly Rose Mawby

ECH Director
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About Holly Rose

Holly Mawby is Director of the Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture at Dakota College at Bottineau.  In this position Holly works with small to mid-size specialty crop producers across the state to assist them in production, marketing, and business operations for their farms.  She is also responsible for outreach and collaboration with local foods and farming organizations and projects throughout North Dakota.  These connections assist in the goal of commercializing the specialty crop industry in our state.   Within her position she also functions as the Executive Director of the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association.  She is a USDA trained Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety trainer and travels the region to provide training to growers.  Holly has over 40 years’ experience in the horticulture industry. Before her work with Dakota College, Holly worked for Lake Region State College as the Director for the Northeast Workforce Training Region and as Research, Planning and Development Assistant Director and Faculty at South Central Technical College in Mankato, MN and was a Kellogg Leadership Exchange Fellow.  In these positions she gained great insight and knowledge into working with small businesses, organizations, economic development, and governments.  

When not working for Dakota College, Holly is working on her own farm, gardendwellers FARM, with her husband and son.  Their farm is the only culinary herb farm in North Dakota and Holly and her family enjoy sharing their farm and orchard with guests and customers.  She also enjoys training her dogs to compete in dog sports such as Rally, Agility and Obedience or preparing them for certifications such as Farm Dog Certification, Therapy Dog Certification, or Canine Good Citizen testing.


Expertise & Responsibilities
  • Specialty crop production techniques
  • High tunnels and season extension
  • Small farm business operations and record keeping
  • Farm food safety
  • Agricultural product marketing
  • Local food distribution and sales
  • General horticulture and landscaping
  • Rural economic development
  • Project management


  • Valley City State College, Valley City, ND, Bachelor of Science in Business and Industry Education, focus in Vocational and Technical Education
  • University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, Teacher Education Sequence courses required for MN Vocational Teacher’s licensure
  • University of Minnesota, Waseca, Waseca, MN, AAS – General Horticulture, Emphasis in Landscape Design