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10-8-16:  New shipment of grass-fed, 90% lean beef is available in the lower barn.

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


December Farm News  by S. Carolyn Hoff (Coordinator of Volunteers)

Do you know how fast weeds and grass grow?  This year the volunteers who helped at the farm know the answer is VERY FAST!

Many groups helped pull weeds and then some:  
Our thanks to...

237 Marian University students and faculty   
60 Oldenburg Academy students                 
56 people from St. Susanna, Plainfield and St. Jude, Indianapolis
189 juniors from St. Veronica and Our Lady of Grace in Cincinnati and Our Lady of         Lourdes in Indianapolis
60 Indianapolis Archdiocesan high schoolers
104 Roger Bacon Juniors

Some projects included: "washing dishes" (flower pots and flats), beautifying the labyrinth and the herb garden, gathering potatoes, picking vegetables, cleaning up tomato plants and pulling out tomato stakes.  A tour is included to learn more about the history of the farm, the natural farming practices we use and the environmental and spiritual activities available on the farm.

Tours:
Many people have come this year to see the farm and ask "What is this place and what do you do here?"  I can go on for hours talking about the beauty of the earth and our natural farming practices, environmental endeavors, educational projects and spirituality of the farm.

In looking over the year of events: 109 people came in groups to tour our farm.  They represent a variety of interests.  Some were garden clubs interested in knowing what we do at Michaela Farm.  Some were family groups and a group of 60 students from Germany.  They came for international understanding and one night while here they gave a concert in the academy auditorium.  They liked to learn what they can do at their own home: composting, planting herbs, vegetables and a variety of flowers.

So while not a complete list, you can see that Michaela Farm again welcomed many friends onto our grounds to be part of another year of activity.



HERB GARDEN
UPDATE

S. Carolyn Hoff

S. Myra and S. Barbara have put in a lot to plan, lay out and maintain the herb garden at Michaela Farm the last 23 years, and we thank them for all their work.  Over the past two years I have contnued to maintain the garden.  I thoroughly enjoy the education of learning the history of the herb garden.  Not changing the layout of the garden was first in my thoughts as well as choosing perennials and herbs that could beautify.

The student volunteers have been a great help raking leaves, pulling weeds and transplanting flowers.  It has been an essential part of the project.  The last group of Marian University students made the garden "pop" by adding mulch and gravel.  I am planning what herbs to plant next year and labeling plants so everyone can learn what a coral bell or sedum or hydrangea, or other plant looks like.  We have conquered the weeds for this year.  The garden's beauty speaks for itself.  Thanks to all for your help and enthusiasm!


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