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Michaela Farm, embodying the Franciscan spirit, nurtures sustainable relationships among land, plants, animals and humans, and utilizes resources to fulfill its goals. 

September Farm News  by S. Peg

The farm is looking really nice today.  On August 18, Marian University's San Damiano students arrived 120 strong, to give a day of service to us.  They came prepared to work...and work they did.  One group started in the potato patch and harvested and

washed potatoes.  Because of the wet weather, the crop was not the largest nor were the potatoes the biggest but they managed to get quite a few pulling back the straw and digging them out by shovel.

Another group was busy stacking fire wood for the coming winter.  In order to heat the greenhouse through the winter months, fire wood is needed for the outdoor furnace.  We use any fallen trees on the property, but we also have to purchase some from a neighboring farm.

The greenhouse is almost empty of plants but the flats and pots have to be readied for next year's starts.  Soapy water and rinse water flowed in the lower barn while still another group washed and dried the pots and flats.  All that material is now packed and waiting to be pulled out again in early February for the seedlings for next year.

A fourth group set about weeding and cleaning up the flower beds and the herb garden.  Getting some of those weeds out proved to be a really big chore.  Some were probably as big as the person trying to pull them out.  Well probably not as big but some of those weeds were really well rooted!  At one point there were three people trying to pull out one stubborn weed.  The weed lost the tug of war.

By days end, 120 tired but happy students returned to Indianapolis and the farm was looking pretty spiffy.  We appreciate the service from these energetic young people.  A BIG THANK YOU to Marian University and their San Damiano Scholars.

Again, we have the not so good news.  August 19th was the last day of work for our faithful chicken caretaker Olivia Fledderman.  Olivia has returned to school full time at the University of Cincinnati.  We are grateful for the hard work Olivia has done...our chickens have never been happier.  We will miss Olivia's presence here every day.  She always had a smile for every one and was always willing to extend a helping hand whatever the task.  She was also our resident baker who could do wonderful things to pies, crumbles and crisps.  We thank you for your time here with us and we know you will be a great success in your chosen field of work.  Be sure to stop by and say hello and perhaps stop by for a summer job next summer.

We ask for your continued prayers for Michaela Farm and we appreciate all you do for us every day.

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