David began learning the ropes on organic vegetable farms in 1998. After years of working for other farmers, he and his wife, Melinda, started Hog’s Back Farm in Western Wisconsin on land they purchased in 2002. Their focus was to grow high-quality certified organic produce for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members and to raise a family. After fourteen successful years, they have discontinued their CSA program and now grow a few wholesale crops.
As The Good Acre’s Grower Support Specialist, David combines his experience in farming and business to help our network of farmers be sustainable both financially and in the field. Through farm visits and regular communication with our farmers, David is helping our growers care for their soil, reap healthy harvests, and implement on-farm food safety measures that will help them reach new markets. His one-on-one work with farmers is one way The Good Acre contributes to strengthening our local food community and his work serves as a resource for the larger farming community outside beyond our own network of growers.
David has presented in workshops for MOSES, Land Stewardship Project, Center for Integrated Ag Studies at UW, and the Midwest CSA Conference put on by Wisconsin Farmer’s Union. He has also hosted several field days at his farm on topics ranging from irrigation to solar power. He has a BFA in Photography from the U of M and enjoys writing and taking photographs. He lives in River Falls, Wisconsin with his wife Melinda and their two children when he’s not visiting other farms or getting things done at theirs.