Hermit Creek Farm 65554 Spring Brook Rd High Bridge, WI 54846 Google Map 715-492-5969
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About HCF

Who We Are   Hi, we're Landis and Steven Spickerman and have been farming here in Wisconsin's Penokee hills since 1993. Our 140 acre farm is certified organic and we believe strongly that organic certification not only insures our products are safe and of the highest quality for our customers, but that the certification process also makes us better farmers and stewards of our land.

Positive Change   Our farm's core mission is to create positive change. This includes improving soil health and water quality, increasing biological diversity, creating a healthy, safe work environment, providing nourishing and affordable food, being good stewards of the land, and working towards a future that includes small farms and healthy communities.

What We Grow   We grow nearly everything that will possibly grow in our northern climate, plus some stuff that shouldn’t be found this far north. One of our basic tenets is diversity, and since a picture is worth more than words, take a quick tour to see what we have to offer. We also raise hogs and sheep, tap maples to make syrup, have a flock of laying hens, raise hay for livestock forage and straw for mulch, and produce compost to nourish our soil.

How We Grow It  We extend our short growing season through the use of high tunnels and row covers, produce our own transplant starts, make extensive use of cover crops grown both for soil fertility and weed suppression, and produce our own hay for livestock forage and straw for mulch. Farm work is accomplished by a wide assortment of hand tools and appropriate tractor implements.

Marketing   Like the rest of our operation, we strive for diversity in our marketing systems, allowing us to fill niches that we might otherwise miss. Our CSA, which began in 1995 making us among the longest tenured CSA's in the region is a cornerstone of our farm. We are also one of the largest local suppliers of produce to the Chequamegon Food Coop in Ashland and supply area restaurants and Northland College as well.

Education   We have taught basic record keeping through the Lake Superior Farm Beginnings program, hosted the Northland College interns and Growing Connections program on the farm, mentored new farmers through the MOSES Farmer to Farmer mentoring program, and host field days for local schools, youth groups and civic organizations. In 2014, HCF was recognized by the Lake Superior Bi-National Forum as a regional business leader within the Lake Superior basin.

An Employer of Choice   In all truth, we would not be successful without our talented farm staff. We are grateful for the hard work, energy, and good cheer brought to our farm each season by the many talented people who we have had the pleasure of working with and we hope we have given back as much as we have gained!

Farm Growth   As a business, we have experienced slow but steady growth, both in output and return. We have incorporated new systems while maintaining high quality control and our sense of whom and what we are.

Freshness you can taste,

grown by farmers you can trust!

 

Notes from the Farm KitchenJune 20th, 2017

Greetings, welcome to Notes From the Farm Kitchen, a mostly weekly gathering of news, tidbits, recipes, and other good stuff from Hermit Creek Farm. The format is informal, we'll add as we go, just sc

Sheep on PastureJanuary 3rd, 2017

Way back in the mid-1980's, when Hermit Creek Farm was a far off dream and we were looking for land, we planned on raising sheep. It seemed a natural fit. Landis spun wool and knitted. Steven grew up

Certified OrganicJanuary 3rd, 2017

When we bought Hermit Creek farm back in 1989, we made an important decision for ourselves and for the people who would come to rely on us for their food to farm using organic methods. We made an equa

What's up at Hermit Creek?

Summer time, and the farm is a-growin'!

We have been busy with field prep, planting, and crop care. Harvests have begun and CSA shares are finding their way to folks across the western Lake Superior region. Life is good!

We still have a few limited share options available, why not join us.

Check out our options and get started today! 

 

 Our awesome crew hamming it up in an awesome field of winter rye!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We believe in the old adage, "you are what you eat!" and besides our belief in organic food being healthier for you, it's also healthier for your farmer and the land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Hermit Creek, we're serious about how we farm, we're serious about our health, and we're serious about your health as well. Certified organic, it's simply plain old common sense.