Loretto Farm and Land
The Loretto Community has been a steward of the 788-acre Motherhouse property since 1824. Currently, the Motherhouse property includes a working farm, woods, wildflower fields in conservation and cow pastureland.
The current farm engages two full-time farmers in raising commodity crops, managing a cow-calf operation that supplies the grass-finished beef program, and supervising various conservation practices. We have engaged in government-supported conservation practices for about 40 years, principally the Timber Stand Improvement Program and establishment of riparian buffers. In 2012, 75 acres of land were enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and were planted in hardwoods, pollinator habitat and native grasses.
A good overview of the Motherhouse Farm’s guiding principles of conservation, education and innovation can be found here.
Summary of Loretto Motherhouse Property
- Woods – 322 acres
- Lakes (3) – 23 acres
- Crop land (currently in corn and soybeans) – 188 acres
- Pasture land (approx. 45 cows, 35 calves) – 174 acres
- Native grasses – CRP 36 acres
- Wildflowers – CRP 17 acres
- Total Farm and Land – 760 acres
- Buildings, residences – 28 acres
- Loretto Motherhouse total property – 788 acres
The Loretto Community Land Ethic, a statement of values affirmed by the entire Community in 2006, recognizes land as a gift and sign of God and expresses our commitment to tend the land in such a way that “all life is enhanced and protected, and that the variety of ecosystems is sustained.”