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La Vista Learning Garden

Since its inception in 2001, La Vista Ecological Learning Center has taught that how we eat determines, to a great extent, how we care for creation.  That is why we were aligned with the Community Supported Garden at La Vista for 15 years.  Since that project ended in 2019, we have established La Vista Learning Garden under the umbrella of the Oblate Ecological Initiative to continue that important education.


The Learning Garden is an outdooor classroom and gathering place for novices and area participants to learn and practice:

  • sustainable gardening skills

  • raising and caring for chickens

  • backyard beekeeping

  • various composting methods

  • cooking and nutrition

  • hand carving kitchen utensils

  • DIY recycled garden decorations


Vernon DePauw is our head gardener and teacher.  He is a nationally known wood carver as well as a backyard gardener, poultryman, and beekeeper. Vernon has been a presenter at the Learning Center for several years.


OMI Novices are faithful workers along with Kathy DePauw. 

Sister Maxine collaborates with Vernon

to plan, organize, advertise and execute programs.


You are welcome to join our group of volunteers!  618-466-5004

The act of putting into your mouth what Earth has grown is perhaps your most direct interaction with Earth.    - Frances Moore Lappe

For more information about the

Community Supported Garden at La Vista,

visit their website at

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