Clare’s Garden

Mt. St. Francis, 3390 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, IA

Mission: To bring together a multi-cultural and inter-generational group to raise vegetables and flowers in a communal community garden. Education provided around growing food, the value and importance of composting, harvesting, preserving and easy food preparation with products from the garden.

Hosting Organization: Sisters of St. Francis

Price: None

Eligibility: Residents of the North End of Dubuque, interested in growing food and flowers for others and themselves, but do not have the space nor gardening experience.

Special Events: At the end of the growing season we will have a celebratory Harvest Dinner – prepared together using produce from the garden.

Layout of Garden: It is one plot, 20 ft. x 20 ft. that will be communally worked and harvested, with produce going to local food pantries and/or the participants. Tools are provided.

Educational Support for new gardeners: YES. We will bring in Master Gardeners and others with experience to give monthly sessions on a variety of pertinent gardening topics.


How was the garden started?

As we contemplated our land and the need for food security, the idea of opening a garden plot to help feed others and teach them gardening skills was born. The sisters and their Associates began this project for the broader community, especially those in the north end.

How many people are actively involved in the success of the garden currently?

We are just launching this project so do not have numbers yet.

Do you or would you like to host school groups, youth, or other groups at the garden?

Yes, we would be open to hosting other groups.


Sr. Ginny Heldorfer: 563-583-9786, ext. 6166 or Text: 952-457-5193

Sr. Shell Balek: 563-583-9786, ext. 6167


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