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Seasonal Garden Worker

The Sisters of St. Francis are looking for a full time 
garden worker for Michaela Farm.  

Please see link for more information: Seasonal Garden Worker

If interested, call Farm Manager Chris Merkel at 812.933.0661


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See below for Farm News for April 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. 

Farm News for April                                                    by S. Peg Maher

In March we were excited to tell you about three new faces on the farm.  This month we are equally excited to tell you about four more new faces on the farm.  Since the beginning of March we have had four new calves, all bulls, and all doing well.  So since Fabruary 23rd, we have had seven new calves born.

Marie was around the barn last week and all seven were chasing each other around the lot.  Apparently all youngsters like tag!  Our herd is healthy, the calves are growing, and we are expecting a few more in May.  The pastures are looking green and it won't be too much longer before the cows will be pushing at the gates to get on them.  The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Marie tells me the green house is full to bursting with new plants for the gardens and for tranplant sales.  We need a warmer spell of weather with no rain in order to get the gardens turned.  That, too, will come.  I think we are all getting impatient for spring to really arrive.  Our CSA memberships are coming in.  If you know of someone who is interested, you might remind them that our Early Bird Special prices end on April 8th.  We are trying something new this year by having a smaller share available for people who cannot use a full share of vegetables.  We will see how this goes this year and then reevaluate for the future.  Emma has a million ideas to try out.  She is really a blessing to us.

Farm Indiana, a monthly publication offering local news and view into local farms, their operators and their special place in Indiana's history and traditions, featured Michaela Farm in their January 2016 issue.  S. Joanita got several extra copies that are at the Motherhouse.  If you are there and have a few minutes, check us out.  The article was written by one of the staff writers and he does a very nice job of showing what we do.  They also sent a photographer who got some good pictures of the farm and some of the staff.  You might enjoy seeing and reading about us.

With the coming of spring, we all look forward to being outdoors more.  I was reminded of this when I read in Laudato Si':  

"When we speak of the "environment", what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it.  Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live.  We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it." (p. 94)

So why not get outdoors and greet nature as St. Francis did...as sister and brother.  Let's be surprised by what we see, hear and feel and let nature bring us from winter into spring.  Spring blessings from the farm staff to all of you!

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