La Valle, Wisconsin
Specialties: CSA, forest gardening, fruit, education
Farmers Erin Schneider and Rob McClure co-own and steward Hilltop Community Farm, a small-scale diverse CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) operation in La Valle WI, where they specialize in agroforestry and unique varieties of Midwest fruits–utilizing forest gardening as a technique to plant their young orchard. They are currently engaged in researching market options for currants and other unusual fruits with potential such as saskatoon, elderberry and honeyberry. Additionally, their farm hosts workshops on topics from compost and canning to forest garden design and long term are working toward farm stay opportunities alongside more fruit production.
Their community extends beyond the farm gate as Erin and Rob are members of FRESH Food Connection, Wisconsin Farmers Union and the Organic Tree Fruit Association. Erin also serves on the Women in Agriculture Committee with the World Farmer’s Organization and they have hosted/participated in farmer to farmer delegations in Senegal, Nicaragua, Zambia and on their farm in Wisconsin.
If you’re interested in learning more about their farm’s products and services including signing up for the 2014 CSA season, fruit offerings, and events visit their website (hilltopcommunityfarm.org), email firstname.lastname@example.org, and become a fan of their farm on Facebook.
You can also stop by and say hello as they’ll be vending their home-made farm products at the Fair Trade Holiday Fair in Madison, WI on December 7th or mark your calendars for Saturday, July 12, 2014 for their 3rd Annual Currant Events, Fruit Festival.
Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin
Specialties: CSA, organic vegetables, organic grass-fed beef,
organic sunflower oil
Growing up working their parents’ organic dairy farm, Josh and Noah Engel have farming in their blood. At the ages of nine and eleven, they decided to grow some potatoes in their parents’ backyard. It didn’t take long for them to realize – as they pulled great bushel loads of spuds from the earth – that their passion and talents lie in growing organic vegetables.
As they themselves grew, so did their ambition and the number of crops they raised and sold. What began as a quarter acre field of potatoes has now expanded to over one hundred acres of vegetables, fruits, small grains and sunflowers; all grown in the driftless region of local Southwest Wisconsin.
In 2006, Mike Lind joined Josh and Noah and with him he brought not only a similar passion for growing great vegetables, but also a desire to add grass fed cattle to the operation.
With the help of a dedicated crew, Josh, Noah and Mike work tirelessly to sustainably grow some of the best organic food around.
Specialties: Award winning sheep milk cheeses
Hidden Springs Creamery is a sheep dairy located in Westby, Wisconsin. Owners Brenda Jensen and her husband Dean milk over 200 sheep and make award winning cheeses from the milk. While Brenda works mostly with the sheep, Dean feeds hay and mows pastures with his team of Percheron horses. The farm is also home to the Couples bed and breakfast. To find out more about Hidden Springs Creamery and to order cheese visit their website.
Specialties: Organic eggs, organic chicken, netting cart
Matt Buvala says, “I grew up on a dairy farm in Northern Wisconsin. After graduating from high school and then technical school, I worked in the construction trades for a time before joining the US Navy and making a career of it . After retiring from the Navy, I made my way back to Wisconsin and soon discovered that some of the “farm boy” was still in me. So this ‘farm boy’ started raising free-range chickens. My first flock was small but gradually grew to where I am now with about 275 laying hens. I am fortunate that the chickens and eggs are in demand from businesses throughout the area. As the flock grew, so did the time required to maintain the flock. I figured there had to be a better way to a gather up and move the electric fence netting. So over the course of about three years and many prototypes I came up with this fence cart. It’s a simple easy to use cart and a real time and energy saver to boot.”
Specialties: Pasture raised pork (Certified Humane)
The Deutsch Family Farm is located east of Osseo, Wisconsin. Jim and Alison purchased the farm in the Spring of 2010. Also along for the journey are their two little kids, Lou and Lily as well as all of their naturally raised hogs. They have been raising hogs outside in deep bedded pens and on pasture since 2006. Their farm is 160 acres and is now all certified organic. Their hogs are certified humane by the Animal Welfare Institute. You can look at their standards for humanely raising farm animals at animalwelfareapproved.org.
The Deutsch Family also raises pasture raised chicken and organic squash, hay, corn and wheat.
You can find their pork at Just Local Food in Eau Claire, The Menomonie Market in Menomonie, The People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse, and The Trempealeau Hotel in Trempealeau Wisconsin. You can also find Alison at the Eau Claire Farmers Market in Downtown Eau Claire. Stop by their farm store to purchase pork by the whole half or quarter hog. You can reach them by phone at 715-597-1815. They’re also on Facebook!
Specialties: Organic vegetables, melons, and organic grass-fed beef
Maiden Rock, Wisconsin
Specialties: Honey and buckwheat flour