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See below for Farm News for May by S. Peg



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

                                                   

The sun is out and the skies are blue and the temperature is on the rise.  After several days of dreary weather, it is a real blessing to see the change in weather.  S. Marie is out planting in the gardens and hopefully with some sun and warmer temperatures, those little plants will grow into our first harvested crops for the CSA.  Our CSA begins May 10 and we are delighted to have 34 members.  This is the largest membership we have had in our three year history.

Spring is sort of an in between time for us.  Everything is starting to move into place for the summer but nothing is really rolling along at full speed.  Everything being accomplished is preparation for what will really happen in about another month.  Everyone is working to capacity, but not a whole lot looks very different.

Our seven calves are growing bigger every day.  Chris tells me that he can see the difference in them from day to day.  They are healthy, eating well and we are looking forward to putting them on the pastures to roam about in the next few weeks.

The chickens are still laying well.  It won't be long before they are following the herd through the pastures.  When spring comes around down here, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fences.

Perhaps the biggest news this month is that Josh Hannebaum, our faithful and talented farm worker, has taken another job.  Josh has been with us for quite some time, working part time and then coming on full time about six years ago.  Josh spent a lot of his time here working with the herd.  He fed and watered them, moved them from pasture to pasture and did everything he could to ensure their safety and well-being.  Josh and Christ brought the cattle numbers up and produced a genetically sound and contented herd.  Josh was someone who you could always count on to get any job that needed doing, done well.  He would look for things that needed doing and get things going.  He was truly Chris' right hand man.  The best news for us here at the Farm is that he will still be around when we need him.  He will be working part time some evenings and weekends and for that we are very glad. So while he will be missed on a daily basis, he will still be here with us after his normal work day when needed.  Thank you Josh for all you did and continue to do for us.  We wish you well in your new job, but are very happy you will still be with us too.  You are a blessing to us.

As we swing into spring, please keep us in your prayers for a good harvest and a good summer season.

  
  
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