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 SEPTEMBER
Normally the farm is a very quiet place. Occasionally, one does hear the cows calling or a tractor moving by, but most of the time all you hear is birds, and if you are quiet enough, the sound of wind in the leaves. Today is not a normal day. Marian University's (Indianapolis) San Damiano Scholars arrived a few minutes ago for a day of learning and service. Energy abounds in these young people and it bubbles up in the sounds of their voices and in their quick footsteps around the barn yard. We are truly blessed by their presence, their energy and their spirit of volunteerism. After a quick lesson on the history of the farm and the Sisters, they will spread out over the farm property and many of those odd jobs that need doing but get pushed to the bottom of the "To Do" list will be accomplished. We are grateful to Marian University for allowing them to come each year, and we are very grateful for the help they provide to us during their stay. Thank you San Damiano Scholars and thank you also to S. Carolyn and the farm staff for working with these students all day.
The gardeners are in the process of setting up the Fall CSA which begins September 25th. Between ending the Summer CSA and preparing for the Fall CSA we have one busy group of people. If you know of anyone interested in fresh fall produce, direct them our way. Information is on the website under "CSA" (oldenburgfranciscans.org) or have them call the farm office (812-933-0661) with their questions.
Last month, I mentioned all the new faces on the farm. Since that time we have had three more new faces. Three calves have been born into the herd. All are doing well and growing stronger each day. Our herd size is increasing and we are pleased with that.
While these new faces have yet to arrive, we are looking forward to a new flock of chickens sometime this month. The chickens will be a couple of months old when they come and should start laying eggs shortly after their arrival. Our present flock will stay with us for several more months.
We also have about 60 turkeys being raised on the farm. They are growing and quite interesting to watch. Joe Mitchell is tending to them and will have them ready for Thanksgiving.
In closing, a quote from Pope Francis' Laudato Si struck me. I share it with you for your contemplation.
How does this "joyful mystery" play out in your life?
|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