After a long, long winter, the sun was finally showing its face again when Erin Schneider and I chatted during this Deep Roots Radio interview. Her attitude – about farming, on-farm research, and learning from peers in Africa – was as welcoming as the warming weather. And maybe it’s that quality that draws visitors to the farm she’s building with her husband, Rob McClure in LaValle, Wisconsin.
Proponents and teachers of sustainable agriculture, and particularly perennial fruits, Erin and Rob are establishing a growing variety of trees and shrubs at Hilltop Community Farm as well as marketing produce through their CSA (community supported agriculture) enterprise. They invite other growers onto their farm to share lessons learned, and Erin has traveled to Africa to meet and exchange ideas with women farmers in Senegal.
I hope you enjoy this conversation with Erin. It’s the first of two I’ll post this week. This one focuses on her on-farm activities and philosophy. The next podcast will feature her travels abroad. [Audio below]
Photo: Erin Schneider, Hilltop Community Farm