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Read the latest December "Farm News" from S. Carolyn below: 

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
S. Carolyn Hoff

This year (2015) has been another wonderful year to have volunteers helping us.  Many hands make easy work and a fun time working together to make our farm beautiful.

First, I need to name five people who have come many times during the year.  A special thank you goes to: Tom and Kathy Wolf who came many weekends to help weed eat or cut grass or do whatever was needed; Jim and Melissa Pielsfort who came once a month this year to take care of the flower beds and the grounds around the signs; Jim Lakewood who started the year cutting grass, but had to take some time off--our thoughts and prayers have been with him.  Much thanks to the Farm Staff for helping with projects and for all they accomplished.

Many projects were worked on this year.  Our thanks go to:
+230 Marian University students and faculty: 540 hrs. service
+104 Roger Bacon H.S. juniors: 312 hrs. service
+60 Oldenburg Academy students: 120 hrs. along with spending reflective time on the farm
+23 science students in the lab and M Farm: 46 hrs. service
+184 Jr. High students: 552 hrs. service (St. Veronica, Our Lady of Grace in Cincinnati and Our Lady of Lourdes in Indianapolis
+25 4H Club students: 50 hrs. service
+11 members of St. Susanna, Plainfield: 33 hrs. service
+32 students ages 6-10 years and chaperones: 32 hrs. service
This is a total of 669 students who gave us 1685 work hours.

The projects included: "washig dishes" (flower pots and flats), beautifying the labyrinth and the herb garden, washing inside and outside of San Damiano.  We sorted canning jars, pulled weeds around trees and mulched, weeded flower beds and picked up hazelnuts.  Garden work included: digging and gathering potatoes, picking vegetables and cleaning up tomato plants.

Along with working the soil, and especially beautifying the herb garden, there is also a tour available to learn more about the history of the farm, the natural farming practices we use and the environmental and spiritual activities available here.

While this is not a complete list, you can see that Michaela Farm again welcomed many friends onto our grounds to be part of the education and spirituality of the farm.  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