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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. 

October Farm News  by S. Peg


As we closed our Summer CSA in September, our members found paw paws in their last share.  I had never seen a paw paw before, much less ever considered it a fruit to be eaten.  So here were these oblong shaped greenish yellow, slightly squishy objects in our members' shares.  At that point I decided I had better find out what these "things" were so we were able to answer questions that might come.  So it was off to the internet and a little research.

Paw paws are the largest fruit native to America and usually found in eastern states.  The American Indians helped to spread the paw paw into Kansas and Texas and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf region.  The trees do not grow well in cultivation but do well in their native areas.  A hike in the woods will usually yield a basket of paw paws.  We, here on the farm, do have some paw paw trees from which our baskets of paw paws were harvested.  Paw paws taste like a cross between a banana and a mango or papaya.  They have a soft custardy internal core holding several large seeds and can be eaten raw or in ice cream or as an ingredient in baked goods.  Some of our CSA members had experienced paw paws before and for some it was a new experience.  Part of the fun of a CSA membership is to get things you have never tried before.  I think Emma hit on that experience on our closing day of CSA.  This summer's weather has not been good for the gardens therefore we will not be having a Fall CSA.  The produce we do have will be in the Farm Store until it is gone.

The NRCS hosted a cover crop workshop on Monday, September 26.  This was another opportunity to use Michaela Farm in an educational activity.  It was a good learning experience for all who attended.

We had a volunteer day in September for the employees of Thrive Market, a business that specializes in organic foods that are sent out throughout the Midwest area.  Thrive Market started in California and needed a Midwest hub for their business.  Thrive moved into Batesville and is now a local business operation.

We want to welcome Olivia Nagele to the Michaela Farm staff.  Olivia will be helping us here until the gardens are completely closed up and the fall work is accomplished.  We are glad you are here Olivia.

We are sorry to tell you that our Lead Gardener Emma Salatin has left the farm.  Emma had a wonderful opportunity for an internship and decided to take it.  Emma's enthusiasm and creativity did so much to help the farm grow.  Her postings on Facebook and Instagram were informative and fun. No job was ever too much for her.  She was always willing to learn something new and to share what she knew.  We will miss her enthusiasm, her laugh, her warm acceptance of eveyone who came here.  We wish her well in her new adventure of learning.  Come back and see us Emma and let us know how you're doing.  You will be missed.

As always we ask for your prayers for the farm.  Your prayers and support keep us going each day and we are grateful. 

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