Hillview Greenhouse, which has been flourishing for over a century, has a long history as the cornerstone of La Crosse's urban agriculture. The greenhouse changed hands numerous times throughout the course of the century, finally defying agricultural trends by focusing on organic techniques and output.
A voyage back in time reveals the Hillview Greenhouse's contribution to the city of La Crosse's status as a pioneer in the field of urban agriculture.
Hillview moved into a new state-of-the-art greenhouse on Western Technical College's campus in the Horticulture Education Center on the corner of 7th and Vine in October 2015, thanks to a shared vision and generous support from Mayo Clinic Health System—Franciscan Healthcare and Western Technical College, with support from the La Crosse Community Foundation.
Hillview is providing instruction on producing, cooking, and storing nutritious food with an emphasis on low-income individuals and families in the new greenhouse, as well as volunteer opportunities in greenhouse activities and programs for elderly citizens, specially-abled, and other community members.