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Farm News for March and letter from Natural Resources Conservation Service below: 
 
Faith, Food, Future 
 
 

MICHAELA FARM
Faith, Food, Future

Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

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

 
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
  
 Farm News for March

I was reading an article in AgWired (February 2, 2015 issue) a few days ago and two quotes jumped out at me.  I would like to share them with you.

"There is no humanity without the cultivation of the land; there is no good life without the food it produces for the men and women of every continent.  Agriculture thus demonstrates its central role."

"In agricultural work there is, indeed, acceptance of the precious gift of the land that comes from God, but there is also its development through the equally valuable work of men and women, called to respond boldly and creatively to the mandate forever entrusted to humans, the cultivation and stewardship of the land."

In looking at these two quotes, I wondered how we at Michaela Farm were doing in reference to growing the products that we have here and caring for the land that is in our farm.  The staff has been and continues to work hard to produce the best plants and animals that we can.  Marie is working the greenhouse already and the plants are developing there in preparation for being set out in the gardens.  Every day little green sprouts are pushing up through the soil and no one tends to those little plants like Marie does.  She waters, she nurtures, she encourages them to grow and they do.  Chris and Josh tend to the herd each day.  They clean the cow lot and barn, bring hay around to the cattle, help birth the calves, tend to the ones that need a little healing and make the cow area a safe and comfortable spot for the herd.  Beth tends to the chickens daily: feeding, watering, and collecting eggs.  When she goes down to the coop, there is one chicken (Henrietta) that sits on her shoulder every day while she works.  I suppose it is her way of saying hello.  Apparently chickens will not walk outside if there is snow on the ground, so a path is shoveled for them so they are not confined to the coop but can get some air and sunshine when there is snow on the ground.  The staff is careful not to use any product on the soil which is not a natural product.  Weeds are pulled rather than killed by chemicals.  Fertilizers are natural.  Could we do better?  The answer is always yes.  We could always do better.  The author of the above quotes...none other than Pope Francis...were spoken in an audience with the National Conference of Direct Cultivators.

For those of you looking for a retreat venue, we offer San Damiano.  June is pretty well filled but we do have openings on the rest of the calendar.  For our Sisters, we offer accommodations at a donation of $15.00 per night with an additional $15.00 for each additional person in the house.  This helps offset the cost of water, electric, heat and maintenance on the house.  For additional information or to check availability, please call 812.933.0661 or emai mmaher@oldenburgosf.com. For Associates, please call or email.

Our CSA is now open!  If you know anyone interested, please direct them to the CSA website at:  http://michaelafarmcsa.oldenburgfranciscans.org  Click here for information and pricing for this year or just click the CSA tab above on this page.  

Thank you for your continued interest in Michaela Farm.  Keep us in your prayers for a successful year.

-S. Peg

 
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