Little Hill Berry Farm is owned and operated by Aaron Wills and Molly McGovern Wills with their 2 children, Ben (8) and LuElla (5). Molly was born and raised in Northfield, while Aaron is a transplant from Sauk Centre, MN.
How We Got Into Farming
Aaron grew up surrounded by farming, but never thought he’d want to be a farmer. After graduating college, Aaron joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Bulgaria where he served in Borino, a remote mountain village, for two years. Most of the food he ate was grown by people in the village or gathered from the surrounding forest. Going mushroom hunting in the forest with friends, gathering eggs from the barn, making yogurt from the milk of his host family’s cow, and helping slaughter a lamb for the winter’s meat supply, Aaron saw food for what it is - something that brings people together and nourishes our communities, bodies, and souls.
After returning to Minnesota and moving to Northfield with Molly, Aaron began to meet other young people getting into farming. He was inspired by the amazing food they were growing and providing to their community. In Fall 2009, we started the Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings Program, which helps give farmers the tools they need to run a holistic farm as a sustainable, economically viable business. In 2011, We planted our first blueberry plants and two years later had our first season of u-pick blueberries in 2013.
In 2017, we took our next big step. Aaron quit his off farm job to run the farm full-time and we added u-pick and pre-picked strawberries to the farm. In 2019 we are trialing watermelon, cantaloupe, and pumpkins to see if they are a good fit for our farm, and planting currants and gooseberries to be available for upick in a couple years once the plants start bearing fruit.