Byrns Erickson Families
The Byrns’ family farm, located near Zim, Minnesota was purchased in 1956 by Francis and Margaret Byrns. The farms’ first crops were potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower. It also had some blue grass sod. In 1977 the first greenhouses were built. Francis and Margaret’s son Bob and his wife Pat along with Bob’s sister Louise joined the operation. Deb Byrns Erickson also joined the operation in 1996 and became owner in 2003. The operation is now 43,000 square feet of greenhouse and related retail buildings. Deb’s operation produces bedding plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, and soil mixes. The operation features plant varieties that are suitable for some of the coldest parts of northern Minnesota. The Byrns reputation for quality and value is renown in northern Minnesota with customers driving 175 miles from as far as Grand Marais and the Twin Cities to purchase their products. Deb’s husband and sons are actively involved in the business, making it a 4th generation farm enterprise.
Deb Byrns Erickson is an active St. Louis County Master Gardener. The entire family has made good use of Extension’s applied research to bring the people of St. Louis County plants and products that perform well in this area.