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About Common Home Farms

Our Common Home Farms (OCHF) is a Saint Martin’s University project to provide food, education, and ecological resilience in our community. OCHF works to care for common homes in three ways:

  1. To provide nutrient-dense, locally grown, and ethically produced food within our community, especially for those in most need.

  2. To educate on sustainable agricultural practices, the relationship between good food and good health, and the responsibilities inherent within the communion of each individual with the human family and the natural world.

  3. To build climate change resilience in the areas of food production, the creation of habitat, and the mitigation of climate change processes.

OCHF seeks to address food justice issues and strengthen the health of the local community through farming. The vision is also informed by a commitment to Catholic social teachings, Benedictine values, and the Integral Ecology argument in Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si. Moreover, OCHF is specifically addressing Food Justice issues and creating Climate Change resilience in the community. Learn more online here.

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Description

Our Common Home Farms (OCHF) is a Saint Martin’s University project to provide food, education, and ecological resilience in our community working in collaboration with Pope John Paul II High School and partners such as Dan O’Neill, Parsons Family Farm, Sacred Heart Church, and Community Kitchen. Last year OCHF donated approximately 4,000 pounds of healthy produce to those who needed it the most in our community. This year the goal is to donate between 12-15,000 pounds of produce and create a working model for a sustainable community farming operation that can be taught and emulated in this region and elsewhere.

Your donations will support:

  • the purchase of fertilizer, seeds, trees and berrying plants
  • tools and equipment such as shovels, rakes, fencing, water lines, etc
  • financial obligations in regards to land leasing at the Pigman Produce Patch, costs of water, and maintenance of equipment
  • Enable us to to offer paid internships and/or scholarships to Saint Martin’s students through the sale of farm shares in the community


Giving Levels

  • Carrot Club: Up to $50
  • Corn Club: $51 to $100
  • Tomato Club: $101 to $200
  • Strawberry Club: $201-$300
  • Cantaloupe Club: $301+

Contact
Jeff Crane, Ph.D.
360-438-4564
jcrane@stmartin.edu