Dan Heising and Stacy Nelson-Heising are Cottonwood’s orchard and future cider house lead drivers and co-founders.  When one is in the driver’s seat, the other sits happily in the passenger chair, supporting the other.  (Most of the time.) Dan is our head cider maker.  Stacy is Cottonwood’s head orchardist.


The couple lives at Cottonwood Farm.  They are parents to Ben, Kevin, Dharma and Greg.  Ben is their only two-legged child who helps his mom maintain the orchard.  He’s their team’s funnyman and is willing to do just about anything to help out his parents.  In addition to Ben, Dan’s sister Heather also assists them with running the business.  She’s a wiz with numbers and keeps Cottonwood on a straight path.  Stacy’s grandparents Norman and Louise, parents, Chuck and Roberta, and Dan’s mother, Katie, support the couple in making Cottonwood Farm and upcoming cider house a success.


“We strive to raise healthy apples, grown in the manner that is healthiest for our planet, organically and biodynamically.  We want to make amazing hard cider, have fun while doing it, and craft our hard cider together.”  Dan and Stacy






Orchard Manager

Stacy Nelson-Heising

tel. 701.866.9913


Cider House Manager

Daniel Heising

tel. 701.866.9168



“A nice country drive 45 minutes NW of Fargo, ND, easy to find with paved roads taking you to Cottonwood Farm"

Cottonwood Cider House | 14481 25 Street Southeast |  Ayr, ND | 58007