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News of the Week!  See below.

Michaela Farm
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

Michaela Farm, embodying the Franciscan spirit, nurtures sustainable relationships among land, plants, animals and humans, and utilizes farm resources to fulfill its goals.
                                                                                 -Michaela Farm Mission Statement


News of the Week 

This week has been packed with activity since it's the middle of summer...things are popping up all over.  The new chickens are acclimating to their new surroundings and laying eggs, but they are still very small.  A few more weeks will make a big difference.  Also, below you will find new pictures of the calf born a couple of weeks ago.  She has settled in nicely and staying in the correct pasture these days.

Check out the farm store; we have plenty of produce available for your purchase: beautiful tomatoes and green peppers.

Above left: New calf nursing.  Above right:  Posing with Mom. Middle Left: New chickens introduced to their new home.  Middle right: Two chickens trying out the roosts.  Below:  (l to r) Chris (farm manager), Delbert Brumbaugh (the "chicken man"...where the chickens came from), Josh (farm hand and cow manager) and Bridget (chicken caretaker). 



This month Michaela Farm would like to introduce our new seasonal worker, Elizabeth Carlson.  If you are looking to meet a highly motivated, hardworking young woman who is dedicated to helping to care for Earth, then you have to meet Beth.  Beth describes herself as a "country girl" who loves animals, loves growing things and loves nature.  As Beth talks about her love for the natural world, you can see her light up with enthusiasm and energy for her work here at the farm.
When I asked her how she happened to come to Michaela Farm, her answer was quite unique.  Beth was ready to go to the Ukraine on a mission trip when political problems arose in that area.  The trip was cancelled and she began looking for a job in this area.  She worked for Doll's Orchard until their seasonal work was completed and the Dolls were so happy with her work they called to see if we were looking for anyone to work here at the farm.  We didn't think we needed anyone but took her application anyway.  As time passed, we found out that we indeed did need someone and called her in.  All the pieces fell in place at just the right time, and we have a wonderful new seasonal worker.  God watches out for all of us, even when we aren't aware of it.
Beth is committed to natural farming practices and sees the benefits to all of creation by not using chemicals on the gardens and grounds.  She wants to work where she can "make a difference" and believes that Michaela Farm can help her carry out her beliefs and our beliefs in natural farming.
Beth also loves agricultural history.  She is a steam traction engineer.  I asked her to explain that to me.  She has training in running steam engines that drive tractors and other pieces of historical farm equipment.  Beth and a group of friends that are also steam traction engineers go to farm shows several times a year to demonstrate steam powered tractors and equipment.  One of the biggest shows they go to is in Rushville.  Perhaps someday she would be willing to talk about this with us.
Beth - Thank you for sharing your skills with us.  We are happy to have you with us at the farm!
Our CSA began the week of May 11.  Our first pickup date was Tuesday, May 13, and it ran very smoothly.  Our customers were happy with the produce and the ease with which they could get their farm products.  Thank you to all of our Sisters who have volunteered to come to the farm and meet our customers, check them in and chat with them.  It appeared that a great time was had by all.  As the summer progresses, we would be happy to have more Sisters come down and meet and greet.  Check with Mary Ellen Rinklin for available dates.  Tuesdays are our biggest pick up days.
Two workshops are being held at the farm in June.  Eating Seasonally will occur on Monday, June 9, at 6:00 PM and a Pasture Field Day will be held on Saturday, June 21, beginning at 9:30 AM.  Both days are sponsored by the Franklin County Purdue Extension.  Contact Anna Morrow at 765-647-3511 for more information.
Check in August for more happenings at Michaela Farm.
- S. Peg

Other Farm News

The Council has approved an initial experiment in rainwater harvesting for Michaela Farm.  A number of 55 gallon rain barrels will be used to harvest water from the Antonia House roof and garage for use on the herb gardens and in the Antonia House garden used by the residents of La Clare House.  Current plans are to have the system operational in time to harvest some of the spring rains.

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.