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See below for Farm News for August 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. 

August Farm News  by S. Peg

The summer heat has arrived at Michaela Farm.  Just what our tomatoes need to ripen into those wonderful red globes of deliciousness.  The first of the crop is just coming in and the smiles on people's faces show their appreciation of this simple summer fruit.  Our CSA members said, this is like trick or treat for adults.  You come in with an empty bag and go out with a full one...and there is no check out register.  What more could you want?

Summer is always a busy time but coming into July and August our staff is really busy.  The gardeners are trying to keep up with the harvesting, cleaning and stocking of the produce.  Chris is trying to keep up with the cattle.  The daily routine of watering and feeding dry hay to supplement the pasture grass and moving them from pasture to pasture takes his time in the mornings.  The first cutting of hay is in and the second cutting is being planned.  Chris and Josh hope to begin cutting, baling and wrapping in the next week or so, depending on weather.  So everyone is busy here with summer work.

Our chickens are busy too.  They are laying about 12 dozen eggs a day which keeps Olivia busy collecting, washing, grading and packaging eggs.  That plus working in the gardens make for a busy day for her.

On the 18th of July we had our 22nd calf born for the year.  The first calves began arriving in mid-February and they have been coming fairly regularly since.  We have had 16 bull calves and 6 heifers.  They are all healthy and growing well. Chris predicts another nine by year's end.  

The not so good news is that we will be losing Cassie Holtel in early August.  Cassie is returning to school at IU. She has been a great asset over the summer. She has worked in the gardens with Emma, Olivia and S. Marie and done a wonderful job.  We will miss her cheerfulness, eagerness to learn and outgoing personality...and her peach pie, strawberry ice cream and strawberry sauce.  Thank you, Cassie, for all you did for us and we wish you well in the coming year at IU.  We know you will be a great success as you continue your education and hope that you will consider coming back next summer to help us at the farm.

So, with this little bird's eye update of June and July from Michaela Farm, we thank your for your support of us and we ask for your prayers as we continue into the late summer.  We see our work here as a way of helping to carry out the Sisters' commitment to Care of Creation.  Our latest animal visitors are a doe and her fawn.  They are enjoying our grass and some of our fallen fruit from our fruit trees.  This is just another way to help care for God's gifts of nature.  If you are in the area, stop by and see us.  You are always welcome!

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