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 one full-time farmer in raising commodity crops, managing a cow-calf operation, 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 and were planted in hardwoods, pollinator habitat and native grasses.
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.”
A short video about Farm Renewal at the Motherhouse.