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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. 

 
 
 
 

Farm News for December by S. Carolyn Hoff, Volunteer Organizer
Volunteers make light work!

2014 has been another wonderful year to have volunteers helping us.

First, I need to name five people who have come many times during the year. A special thank you to:

Jim Lakewood who is here almost every day to cut grass, haul firewood, weed and help wherever needed.

Tom and Kathy Wolf who came almost every Saturday.

Jim and Melissa Pielsfort who came once a month this year to take care of the flower beds and the grounds around the signs.

Many projects were worked on this year thanks to:

254 Marian University students and faculty who gave us 762 hours of service.

110 Roger Bacon juniors who gave us 330 hours of service.

Eight high school students from Catholic Heart Work Camp who worked four days for about four hours each day for a total of 128 hours of service.

232 junior high school students who gave us 696 hours.  They were from St. Veronica and Our Lady of Grace Schools in Cincinnati, and Our Lady of Lourdes in Indianapolis.

25 4H Club students who gave 50 hours of service.

This was a total of 1966 hours by 629 students.  We couldn't do it without them! They washed flower pots and flats, beautified the labyrinth, the herb garden and San Damiano.  They washed and moved furniture, sorted canning jars, cleared walking trails, cut weeds, mulched and did garden work.  This included digging garlic and potatoes, picking vegetables, cleaning tomato plants, pulling weeds and improving the environment for rhubarb and asparagus.

MUCH THANKS TO THE FARM STAFF for helping run these projects.  Your help is much appreciated!

 


 

Tours by S. Carolyn Hoff, Tour Coordinator

Many people have come this year to see the farm and ask, "What is this place and what do you do here?"

In looking over the year of events one unique set of visitors was the antique car groups that came to see the farm.  On four separate days groups of beautiful cars came onto the grounds.  This included about 120 cars with 247 people coming on their scenic drive through the rolling hills of Southeastern Indiana to stop at the farm for a tour.  Some of the groups came by appointment.  One group of 15 cars just happened to stop at the farm on a Saturday afternoon. 

137 other people came in groups, by appointment, to see the farm.  These included 24 pre-school students, 25 brownies, 30 active senior adults, 12 garden club members, 46 friends and family members all came to learn more about the farm. These are a sampling of the visitors we had this year.

If you would like to tour the farm, give us a call at 812-933-0661 and we'll arrange a convenient time for you and your group. 

(If you just want to walk through the grounds, stop by the Farm Office for a map of the trails and sites to see.  We ask that you not climb the fences or open gates...the animals are curious.)



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.