Susan and Scott Hill retired from busy careers in 2000 to take up second-careers in farming in Louisa County. Now a retired teacher and Army pilot, respectively, Susan and Scott grow some of the most beautiful and diversified produce we’ve ever seen. They manage a 10-acre property at their home, primarily comprised of raised beds and high tunnels, or unheated greenhouses. The high tunnels enable them to grow during the cold winter months, allowing them to harvest produce almost year-round. They have also retrofitted their home and built additional structures to aid their produce business, including the installation of a Cool-bot, equipment that can turn an air-conditioning unit into a turbo-charged cooling machine, a cost-effective alternative to purchasing a walk-in cooler to store produce at optimal temperature. They remodeled their kitchen to meticulously process and pack their produce, thereby creating many retail-suitable products, such as bagged leafy greens, snack peppers, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, and so much more! They also have an expansive cellar, where they store over 500 quarts of canned produce.
The Hills have been using organic practices with great results since they began. Susan does small scale trials to refine her production techniques before growing a larger crop. Together, they focus on year-round production of artisan and specialty varieties, including lettuces, radicchios, chard, asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers, and golden beets.
In addition to selling to Local Food Hub, Hill Farm produce has a dedicated following at Foods of All Nations and their local neighborhood markets.