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See below for Farm News for February by S. Peg

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

 
 

Farm News            by S. Peg

Snow has come to southeast Indiana and the farm is no exception to that.  The view out my window is a blanket of white and actually it looks rather pretty.  It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I doubt that Chris and Josh think it is so beautiful since they are out moving snow and shoveling paths and bringing hay to the cattle.  Snow is just one more hurdle that needs to be cleared for the day.

But the end of January signals the beginning of a new season for the gardeners.  Marie and Emma are busy getting the green house ready for the seedlings that are soon to be pushing through the soil.  Those little plants represent the hope present for the new season of growth.  The gardeners are trying some new varieties of plants in the gardens for this year.  Improvements come with each year in kinds and quality of plants grown.  There will be more on these improvements as the gardens begin to grow.

We had a total of 15 calves born during 2015.  They are all growing well and in a few years will be producing their own offspring for us.  We presently have 71 animals in the herd, some are calves, some are yearlings, some are breeding stock and some will be the meat to stock the store.  We believe the farm has a carrying capacity of about 75 animals, so we are approaching that number.  With some new calves expected in Spring, that will probably happen.

We have a new flock of hens who are laying eggs well.  Our egg production is up and so is our market.  We were able to add a local restaurant to our customers in December so we are happy about that.

Each month we get a report on the productivity of our solar panels and December brought us a yearly report.  We have seven solar panels on the Antonia House garage roof and they produced 2.39 MWH of electricity for us.  That saved the farm about $575.00 in electric costs over the year.  Since two of the panels went up midyear, we hope for greater savings in 2016.  Not only are we saving money for the farm but we are also helping to reduce our carbon footprint.  According to our report, our panels have helped do the work of 20 trees.

We hope all of you are enjoying the slowing down that winter brings.  Please pray for us as we move into another growing year.

  
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