LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Many farmers are harvesting the fruits of their labors this fall season and the Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare Community Gardens is no different.
The gardens, located along Division and 10th Streets, started in 2009 as a collaboration between the Mayo and the Washburn Neighborhood Organization.
Since its beginning the number of garden plots have increased from 18 to 54. Each plot is rented by someone from the neighborhood, including a plot paid for and maintained by the Coulee Montessori School.
Executive Director of External Affairs for Mayo Clinic Health System, Joan Mueller said, "The students have actually harvested, plant, weed, and tend that. They gave 40 pounds of produce, just last month, to Place of Grace which is a Catholic Worker house in the area."
The garden has raised more than $4,000 from plot rentals, which is then donated to a charity of their choosing. Each gardener donates a portion of their crop to local food pantries.
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