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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

S. Peg 

Summer greetings from all of us at Michaela Farm.  We hope your summer is allowing you to find some time for relaxing and refreshing yourselves.

Our summer produce is beginning to flow in each day.  After a somewhat slow start this spring because of the cool weather and rain, we find our gardens producing an abundance at this point.  Marie still needs to get another garden plot planted but the warmer weather and a few days of drying time is helping to make that happen.

Our CSA is in full swing.  Last Tuesday our tables were overflowing with cabbage, beets, onions, green beans, green peppers, eggplant, kale and tomatoes.  There was even some garlic, basil and oregano tucked in between.  Our members are happy with their shares and always look forward to what the next week will bring.

We have some new faces here at the farm.  Emma Salatin is our new Lead Gardener. She is doing wonderful work and has improved our weekly newsletter so much.  Emma is responsible for the garden work and the preparation of the produce for the CSA, Motherhouse and Margaret Mary Hospital.  She is one busy person...and a complete joy to be around.  Molly Lecher is our new person who works with the chickens, the eggs and helps out in the gardens and just about any place else where she is needed.  Molly is full time until she returns to school in early August and then she will be a part time person who works only with the chickens and eggs.  Another new person is Olivia Fledderman.  Olivia is also a part time person who will work in the gardens.  Some extra help is needed there because of Molly returning to school.  Olivia will work around her college classes and give Emma, Marie and Kerri the needed help in the gardens through summer and fall.  Lots of new faces and lots of new energy!

Speaking of new faces...two more arrived the second and third week of July.  Two calves were born in mid-July.  They are with the cows and thriving.  Hopefully these two will be the beginning of a new group due to arrive this year.  They are a welcome addition to the herd.

Late June and mid-July saw two East Indiana Health Education Center workshops occur on the farm.  These workshops are a combined effort of the farm, Oldenburg Academy, Marian University and Oldenburg Franciscan Center.  The purpose is to bring together 6th, 7th and 8th graders who are interested in science and allow them to experience hands on science activities.  The farm, the Academy and OFC provide the space for that to happen and Marian University supplies the teachers.  All together about 30 students experienced the workshops this summer.

The second cuting of hay has happened and baling begins tomorrow.  So we have been busy here at the farm.  We hope your summer has been as good as ours.  Keep us in your prayers, and you are in ours.


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