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Click on the CSA tab above to get all the information you need to sign up for the Spring and Summer CSA at the farm.  You'll get the best of the harvest each week as well as eggs and beef if that is your preference.  Check prices by going to the CSA tab above.  Now is the time to choose the freshest produce in the area!

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference in agriculture?

Michaela Farm is NOW HIRING!

We are looking for a Lead Gardener!  We use all natural farming practices with the goal of producing quality products using methods that show care and concern for the preservation of the Earth.  We seek employees that respect and cooperate with that philosophy.  The candidate must have organic gardening knowledge and skills to fill the position.  For more information please click here: michaela farm.  For further details email Chris Merkel at michaelafarm@oldenburgosf.com or call 812.933.0661. 
 
 

Farm News for March and letter from Natural Resources Conservation Service below: 
 
Faith, Food, Future 
 
 

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. 

 
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
  

 Farm News for April

The middle of March brought several warmer days which allowed the installation of two new solar panels to the array on the garage roof.  When the first of the solar panels were installed, we knew that more would be needed in order to make the farm more energy efficient.  Last week the last two panels were installed on the present racking system.

The company that we originally used is now busy installing panels in Africa so the search to find a new company started around the first of the year.  We looked in Indianapolis and Cincinnati without much success.  One gentleman in Cincinnati said he knew of a company in Greensburg (Indiana) that might do that type of work and passed on the company name. After a quick phone call, we found our electric company almost in our own backyard.  Everything is installed and working for us.  The first part of an alternative energy plan is completed.

Now for a little draming about what could possibly happen...

When we open the new pasture the cows are going to need water.  At present their water comes from a watering system connected to either Oldenburg city water or Hoosier Hills Regional Water Company.  This got people thinking about using the water that is in our pond as a water source.  The pond water is clean and usable for watering the herd.  Problem solved?  Not quite!  The cattle cannot wander into the pond for a drink because the water will become contaminated and unusable.  So the water has to be pumped out of the pond into watering tanks.  The pond is too far from an electric source to make the installlation of electricity financially feasible...so how to solve the problem that is both ecologically and financially sound?

After consulting with some of our advisors, it was suggested that a solar powered pumping station would be the best answer.  A small shelter could be built to house the actual pump and an array of solar panels could be built on the roof of the shelter as the energy source.  This would allow water to be pumped out of the pond and used for watering the herd during the spring, summer and fall.  The water lines to carry the pond water are already in place and ready for use.  While the building of the pumping station will cost us, we will be saving electric costs and the cost of monthly water bills.  We would like to be able to move this project forward.

This year we hope to raise some funds through our Barn Party on June 13th to put toward this project.  We will apply for some grant money but we know that we cannot cover the whole cost by grant.  Why not join us at our Barn Party and help to make this dream a reality...and have a great evening out.  We ask your prayers and support for this project as we continue to make Michaela Farm grow and become an even greater place!

-S. Peg

   
 
 


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