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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 April

It seems like it has been awhile since this column has written anything about San Damiano so I thought I might start there this month.  San Damiano is about 17 years old and has been welcoming people over the years for private retreats and days of reflection.  The prayers of those who have come to spend time there have bessed and permeated the building making it a holy place to be.  While some have come to pray there perhaps some have never been there so a little update might be in order.
San Damiano is a two bedroom cottage that can sleep three people comfortably.  One room has two single beds; the other has one double bed.  The great room is a combination living room, kitchen and eating area.  The fireplace is lovely and can be used during the cooler months.  The kitchen is equipped with appliances and nedessary cookware and dishes.  Linens are provided for your use.  There is a porch around two sides of the cottage with chairs and a picnic table.  The cottage is heated during the cooler months and has air conditioning that can be used, if you care to use it, during the warmer months.  Walking tails are available on the farm for your use or if you prefer the view from the great room and the porch is equally grand.  Many of the people who have come to use San Damiano for their retreats have come back year after year.  If you think you might be interested in checking San Damiano out for your retreat, please give me a call with your questions, for more information or to see if the cottage is available for your use on a given day.  June and September are filling up.
Just an update on our winter tree pruing class...We had anticipated that 20 people would be in the class and when all arrived for the program, we had 30 people.  Luckily for us, the Purdue Extension Agent had several people with her to help manage the class and serveral of our own staff helped out.  It was a great success and all attending had a great learning experience.  We look forward to more experiences with the Extension Agent.
Continue to keep us in your prayers as we move forward into the 2014 growing season.
-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.