History

 



Maurice Lange founded the Community Supported Garden at La Vista in 2002 and continues to support the garden as a shareholder each season.



The Community Supported Garden at La Vista is a local garden that was founded in December 2001, as part of the Oblate Ecological Initiative, a ministry of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Since 1950, this land known as La Vista has been the site of the Oblate Novitiate. Over the years, these 255 acres of woods, bluffs, pastures and gardens have been home to hundreds of Oblates and novices (and countless other creatures). It is home to the Oblate Ecological Initiative.

The Oblate Ecological Initiative seeks not only to educate Oblates and others in the area of ecological awareness, but also to ground them in the Sacred Story of all Creation. In response to this mission, the Initiative has two components: an Ecological Learning Center and The Community Supported Garden at La Vista.

Since it's inception, a full-time farmer has managed the garden using sustainable practices that are in harmony with the living process of the soil; thus we have never used synthetic or chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

Our organization has now an independent not-for-profit corporation in the state of Illinois.

Workshops this Season
The following workshops will be held at La Vista Farm on Saturdays throughout the season.
The cost of each workshop is $25. 
 
4/5    9am-12pm     
Intro to Vermiculture
with Farmer Eric Stevens
 
4/5    1pm-4pm       
Intro to Sustainable Farming
with Farmer Eric Stevens

5/10   9am-12pm    
Tractor I
with Tom Bechtold & Allen Davenport
 
5/17   9am-12pm    
Tractor II
with Tom & Allen

5/17  1pm-4pm       
Intro to Herbs
with Farmer Crystal

6/28   9am-12pm    
Intro to Plant Diseases
with Professor Lee Sudlow
 
6-28   1pm- 4pm     
Intro to Integrated Pest Management
with Professor Lee Sudlow
 

7/19   9am-12pm                                                                                                      Intro to Web Design & Social Media/ Communication                                                 with Crystal Stevens & Karen Hatch

7/19   1pm-4pm                                                                                                             Small Farm Financial Management                                                                             with Cindy Gelsthorpe

Call Cindy at 618-466-8955 to sign up for a workshop