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Special Edtion!  Click here for the Michaela News Newsletter sent out this month! Everything you've wanted to know about the farm is right here.  A tour of the year is described.

 


Michaela Farm
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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. 




May Farm News    by S. Peg
Click on the link that follows here to read what to do with all the water that S. Peg talked about last month!  Here's to field tiles; a huge part of successful farming hidden in the soil.  May Edition


 

HERB GARDEN
UPDATE

S. Carolyn Hoff

S. Myra and S. Barbara have put in a lot to plan, lay out and maintain the herb garden at Michaela Farm the last 23 years, and we thank them for all their work.  Over the past two years I have contnued to maintain the garden.  I thoroughly enjoy the education of learning the history of the herb garden.  Not changing the layout of the garden was first in my thoughts as well as choosing perennials and herbs that could beautify.

The student volunteers have been a great help raking leaves, pulling weeds and transplanting flowers.  It has been an essential part of the project.  The last group of Marian University students made the garden "pop" by adding mulch and gravel.  I am planning what herbs to plant next year and labeling plants so everyone can learn what a coral bell or sedum or hydrangea, or other plant looks like.  We have conquered the weeds for this year.  The garden's beauty speaks for itself.  Thanks to all for your help and enthusiasm!


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