January 7, 2013
Hilltop Community Farm, LLC
Rob McClure has operated a small CSA (Hilltop Farm) in Lavalle, Wisconsin for the past 19 years, concentrating on intensive cultivation and soil-building with minimal fossil-fuel inputs. Joined by partner Erin Schneider in 2008, the pair sought ways to expand farm income within the hand-agriculture tradition, while working toward a whole-farm plan that was fundamentally more ecological. In 2009, Schneider received grant-funding to install a small orchard of uncommon/underutilized fruits such as quince, saskatoon and seaberry which grow well in Wisconsin with little maintenance; the project utilizes planting forest garden “guilds,” community-collaboration, and other unusual aspects. The couple have since lead a number of workshops and field-days to share information and their experiences with other growers. Rob also cultivates fairness and abundance to our farm and food systems through as a worker-owner with Just Coffee Cooperative.