Michaela Farm is Moving into the Future.
We are bursting with improvements! S. Peg, Daniel, Victor, S. Marie and Linny have been busy all winter preparing the farm for a Spring that promises new garden design, new produce offerings, greenhouse improvements, new chicken house and chickens and even a new farm store. Read below for the latest!
As you can tell from the pictures below we have made a major improvement to the greenhouse. The greenhouse now has a concrete floor instead of gravel. We want to thank you for your generosity and commitment to Michaela Farm which made this possible. The new floor will save hours of pulling weeds under the tables and create a cleaner environment for the tender plants under Victor’s and S. Marie’s care. The floor allows for more even heating and we will be installing water filters and a water heater to prevent shocking the seedlings while the weather is cold.
New Chicken House Addition!
This Fall/Winter we added another attached chicken house to the existing coop. This allows us to add another flock of chickens. With two flocks we will be able to provide more eggs with more consistency to the public, the motherhouse and to restaurants in the area. We are thrilled with this new addition and the chickens have made themselves increasingly at home and laying eggs at a predictable level.
We Have a New Farm Store!
Perhaps the biggest change you might notice is the consolidation and relocation of the farm stores into one convenient place. Where before we had a upper and lower barn store, now they are located in the former office to the right of what was the lower barn store where you purchased your eggs and honey. Follow the sign to the new store and experience for yourself the convenience of all our produce, eggs, honey and other goods in a pleasant, clean environment. We have a new enlarged refrigerator to hold fresh produce in the Spring thanks to a generous donor. Daniel, Victor and Linny have moved furniture, painted and added homey touches to the area…and more is to come! Drop in 8:00 AM to dusk any day and celebrate with us!
News from the Farm
S. Peg Maher, Farm Director
During the cold days of January, the farm staff has been busy relocating the Farm Store. Over the past few weeks what was the farm office has been emptied, painted, cleaned and changed into the new location for the farm store. In the past, the farm store was actually spread between two different locations within the barn. The produce was found in the upper barn and the eggs in the lower barn. While the arrangement worked, it was not convenient for those who wished to have produce and eggs. The farm staff decided that should be changed ….. and the move was on.
The first step was to move the farm office directly upstairs from the old office. A store room was cleaned out, painted and cleaned and the office furnishings moved up. Daniel and Victor are now getting things into places where they are convenient for them. It still needs a bit of work and some new lighting but the new area is going to be very nice. It also gives them a bird’s eye view of the farm which they are enjoying.
The farm store is now relocated in the old office area. The produce and the eggs will fit in just perfectly and access by the public will be much easier. Instead of having to step over a barn door ledge, it is now just one step up and into the store. Victor will have the store looking nice very soon. He has plans for making the store very convenient. We do have some additional work needing to be done before the grand opening but we will be ready before the next growing season begins. We are looking forward to the announcement of the Grand Opening.
We have had a very busy winter season but hopefully all of the improvements made will help make the farm more efficient and sustainable for the future.
Now that the green house floor is complete and the benches and equipment moved into place, S. Marie has begun the seeding and growing of the transplants for the spring/summer gardens.
Gardens plans are completed and the high tunnels plans are also finished. Now we are waiting for the spring to come and the actual growing season to begin. Given the 9 degree temperature of today, that is looking several months into the future.
We thank you for your interest in the farm over the winter when it appears as if little is happening but preparations are going on daily for the coming year. We ask your prayers for the coming growing season. When the weather warms, we hope you will come see our improvements. You are always welcome at the farm.
FOOD. FAITH. FUTURE.
This is 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. See more on our Directions page.