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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


Farm News for August

 Is it possible that it is August already?  The calendar says it is so I suppose we go with that!
It has been a busy place at the farm this summer.  Our gardens are producing bumper crops of tomatoes, squash, green onions, kale, beets and so many other veggies that I can't keep count.  Every week the CSA is getting large boxes of produce...some of which I have never before heard mentioned.  I learned this summer what cutting celery and Chioggia beets are.  This city girl is learning something new every day.  The CSA members are delighted each week with fresh produce.  They are often heard remarking about the quality and quantity that they receive.
The first week of July 202 new chickens were brought to the farm.  Our older flock began producing fewer and fewer eggs so a replacement flock was brought in.  The new flock is adjusting to their new home and has started laying small eggs.  As the chickens grow, the egg size and numbers will grow and we hope to be at full production again in a few weeks.  In addition to the chickens, a new calf arrived.  She is staying close to the cow right now but she is healthy and growing each day.  We have several more calves expected between now and December.
Both of our education programs, which were held in June, were well attended.  Eating Seasonally had 25 participants and the Grazing Day had over 40 participants.  This gave us the opportunity to showcase our produce and cattle.  We look forward to more days like this in the future.
On July 18 the Southeast Indiana Area Health Education Center held a middle school program for children in Franklin and Ripley Counties.  This was a combined effort of the Oldenburg Franciscan Center, Oldenburg Academy, Marian University and Michaela Farm.  The Education Center was so happy with the results they are already talking about another program (or two) next summer.  We look forward to continuing our association with these groups.
As we move into the month of August, we hope that your summer has been a blessed one.  We have been blessed here in so many ways.  We ask your continued prayers as we move into the last month of summer.
                                                                                    -S. Peg

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). 


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.