In the spring of 2015, Milwaukee Catholic Home launched the Clare Gardens project, a farm to table program and community garden in partnership with the Franciscan Friars of the Assumption BVM Province.   A total of 5 acres of fruits, vegetables and flowers are grown each season using organic practices on the Franciscans’ property in Burlington, WI.

The goal of the project is to bring fresh, local produce to our residents and to create a place of experiential engagement both for residents and the broader community.  Additionally, the program enables our chefs to explore creative, healthy and diverse menus.

For the 2016 and 2017 growing season, MCH has offered shares in the farm’s produce to its organizational partners.  Partners who purchase shares receive a weekly delivery of farm-fresh produce, delivered over the course of 20-24 weeks in late spring, summer and early fall.  

“At Milwaukee Catholic Home, we emphasize whole person wellness, and healthy eating is a significant part of that,” said MCH CEO Dave Fulcher.  “We are excited to be able to offer other organizations who serve older adults and those in need in our community the chance to reap the benefits of the Clare Gardens project.”

Clare Gardens was also featured in an article in the Catholic Herald, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s weekly publication.

For more information on how you can volunteer or support this exciting initiative, contact Dave Fulcher at (414) 220-3212 or dfulcher@milwaukeecatholichome.org.