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 CSA WEEK TWO 
We're still catching up from the excessive rain of early Spring, but what we have is coming in well!  We will soon have an abundance of fresh vegetables!  Come meet the Sisters and grab the freshest vegetables around the area!

If you would like to share in the bounty of the farm click the CSA tab above and join us.  It's not too late to get your share!  Contact us at 812-933-0661 if you have questions.

 
   
 
 
 BARN PARTY TIME IS HERE!
June 13, 2015
 
Come join the farm staff, the Sisters and fellow supporters of Michaela Farm for the biannual Barn Party, affectionately known as the Barn Bash.  Come for the food, visit with friends, dance to the music and hear what the farm is doing with your help.  We are grateful to you for your support.  See the links below for information about buying tickets and some of the awards and recognition that the farm has received.
Farm Event Information
Farm Recognition
 
 

 

Community Sponsored Agriculture 

There's still time!  Sign up for the CSA Now!

 
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!

 

Farm News for May 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 MAY
S. Peg

Spring seems for be coming slowly to the Indiana countryside this year.  While the calendar says we are five or six weeks into the spring season, the weather here just doesn't seem to be getting that information.  Our greenhouse is full of plants waiting to get into the garden beds but the rain and the cool weather seem to be hanging around and slowing that process down.  Last Saturday some tilling did happen and some of the hardy plants got into the ground.  We may just have to explain to the these little sprouts the the CSA starts in three weeks and we need you to grow...fast.  Of course, the other farms in the area are having the same problem, so we have plenty of company as we wait for spring's arrival.

While Spring may be slow in arriving, our volunteers are not.  Jim and Melissa have already cleaned ou the flower beds in front of the office and around the sign.  Tom and Kathy have helped out in several projects, including new plastic on the greenhouse.  Jim has begun the never ending job of cutting the grass.  Several volunteers, from a pruning class they took here, have pruned our fruit trees.  We are blessed with so many good people who share their talents with us.  We are truly grateful to all of them.

This is the year for our Barn Party!  It is scheduled for June 13th.  The meal is planned, the entertainment is scheduled, the hay ride route is mapped out and other pieces are starting to fall in place.  We are still in need of some volunteers to help.  One of the ways you might consider helping is to volunteer to provide appetizers for the party.  Calling all you cooks out there...if you can provide  us with appetizers of any sort, we would be most grateful.  If the chef in you says "I can do that" please call the Farm at 812-933-0661 and let us know that we can count on you to bring over whatever you are famous for making.  Our guests will like what you make and we will love you for it.  If you have items that might be suitable to make up a basket or part of a basket, call Jo Ann at 812-933-6495.  Thank you for all your help in making this a great time to support the farm.  Come for the food, visit with friends, dance to the music, go on a hayride and see the farm, come hear what the farm is doing with your help.

For more information about the Barn Party see the following links or give Sue a call at 812-933-6460.

Information:  Farm Event Information, Farm Recognition

 
 


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