Toboggan Hill Farm is owned by Mike and Donna Eisenstat. Mike grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and received a bachelor’s degree in geology from the College of Wooster. Donna grew up in Davenport, Iowa. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Michigan. Inspired and influenced by the writings of Wendell Berry, Louis Bromfield, and many others, they bought a farm near Mayville, NY, and learned how to farm by making every possible mistake. When Donna was offered a teaching position in southwestern Pennsylvania, they moved to another farm in that area and developed markets for their pork, eggs, and vegetables. When Donna retired in 2011 after 13 rewarding years at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, they moved to their current farm near Westfield, NY. They are selling at several farmers’ markets and offering a vegetable CSA.
Current products include pork, lamb, goat meat, eggs, vegetables, and maple syrup.
To read an article Mike wrote for his alumni magazine in 2011 about his vision for this farm, go to http://www.virtualonlinepubs.com/display_article.php?id=779662
To read an article about Toboggan Hill Farm back in 2008 before the big move to Chautauqua County, go to http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2008/09/21/farmer-returns-to-roots-in-agriculture/stories/200809210332