Michaela Farm, embodying the Franciscan spirit, nurtures sustainable relationships among land, plants, animals and humans, and utilizes resources to fulfill its goals.
October Farm News
The first day of autumn has come and gone. While Mother Nature has not changed into full fall colors yet, the farm is beginning to look autumnal. Our gardens are closing up for the winter rest. The remains of the summer plants are gone and the beds are being readied for the cover crops. The fall harvest is underway and fall produce is being cleaned and stored for the farm store and our fall CSA. Our gardens have produced for us all summer long and now they are getting ready to renew themselves for the coming spring planting. Once more we have been blessed by all Earth has given during this growing season. As our gardeners prepare for the coming winter, we appreciate all they have done and continue to do to preserve and protect this little piece of Earth that we call home. Thank you S. Marie, Emma, Kerri, Olivia and Lily.
S. Carolyn and some of the volunteers have been working in the herb garden and around the property to clean up for the winter and get these areas ready for the following spring. S. Carolyn will give you an update in December on the volunteers and their work around the farm. Thank you S. Carolyn, and to all our faithful volunteers.
We have had threee new calves since last month, which brings us to a total of 15 for the calendar year. There should be a few more born before December. Our herd is moving through the pastures yet and if the weather blesses us with some rain and enough warmth to keep the grass growing in the pastures, they could be out in the pastures utnil November or early December. The herd likes to be out and about instead of in the barnyard. We all like a bit of space to roam around in...the herd is no different. Chris and Josh work hard to keep the herd content, well fed and well watered. Thank you Chris and Josh.
As I was writing I came across a paragraph in Laudato Si that struck a chord..."Our insistance that each human being is an image of God should not make us overrlook the fact that each creature has its own purpose. None is superfluous. The entire material universe speaks of God's love, his boundless affection for us." (Encyclical Letter) We see this every day at the farm. We see how interdependent all things are on each other. Our human workers here are part of the cycle of life but all other creatures have their part to play also...even down to the bacteria in the soil. Pope Francis brings back to mind the Canticle of Creation of St. Francis. What a joyful song to sing in this October time and as we celebrate the feast of St. Francis on the 4th.
|Michaela Farm Article on Success in Conservation|
|This article is written by Evan Divine a District Conservationist in Franklin County for the Natural Resources Conservation Service-an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He wrote this article to highlight the successes that Michaela Farm in Oldenburg has displayed over the past few years. The farm is unique because it has a rich history tied to Oldenburg's beginning, and taking care of the land is one of their top priorities. Click here to read the article: Michaela Farm-Getting Back To Their Roots|
Welcome to Michaela Farm! The farm derives its name from Sister Michaela Lindemann, one of the first women to join the new congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis in 1851, who began directing the work on the then newly acquired land in 1854.
Merging agriculture, education and spirituality, Michaela Farm builds on and enfleshes the Franciscan value of "just relationships with all Creation." This value is core to our attitudes toward Earth and is a source of inspiration and motivation for our work. We express this value by these actions:
- Simple living
- Seeing all (creation) as "kin"
- Respectful use of resources
- Striving for sustainability
- Gratitude, hospitality and sharing
Michaela Farm is located among the rolling hills of Southeastern Indiana.
Michaela Farm and its store are open 8:00 a.m. until dusk. For information call: 812-933-0661