What’s New on the Farm
The weather is not cooperating, the harvest is thin, BUT there are many ways that the farm staff keeps busy harvesting the onions and garlic and finding new ways to improve production using natural farming practices. Se below for pictures of our latest endeavors.
Harvesting of Onions
Harvesting Garlic with the help of Batesville Volunteers
We’re laying biodegradable paper on parts of the garden that will keep the weeds down and other good things. Daniel discovered a piece of equipment that he retooled to put the paper down by using the tractor. It’s a wonder to see the paper laid down and the dirt thrown over the edges automatically. Improvements everywhere!
Strawberries for next year!
Chickens, chickens everywhere! The chickens are at home in their new chicken house. New fans, lots of doors to the outside and everyone is happy and laying eggs. Stop by the store for your supply!
Coffee on the Porch Update
The Sisters are literally eating up the opportunity to visit on the farm, drink coffee, eat scones and meet the farm staff. They are treated to the latest stories and questions about the events on the farm are addressed. It’s a great informal way to stay acquainted and see what’s going on in the day-to-day farm operations.
Funniest Things Happen Sometimes
Not all eggs are created equal! Look what we found today! One of our hens laid this humongous egg. Note it is compared to our usual large size egg. Come see the normal sized eggs and pick up a dozen for your house…especially good hard boiled and dyed. Brown eggs produce beautiful bold colors when dyed. Check out the farm facebook page for a sample.
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
An enthusiastic group of Oldenburg Academy sophomores arrived at the farm in April to help with the spring clean-up. They were picking up sticks, pulling weeds from herb and flower beds and helping to rake and mulch the asparagus and rhubarb. It is truly amazing how quickly a group of teenagers can clean out a weedy garden bed or load a truck with sticks and other debris from the winter. S. Carolyn keeps them organized and moving from job to job and Daniel Wilds (our farm manager) and Victor Sarringhaus (our lead gardener) help keep them on target in order to get the work finished. We appreciate the help these young people give to us.
THANK YOU OA STUDENTS for your help on the farm and your contribution to helping the farm and the Sisters carry out our commitment to caring for all of creation. Thanks also to all the other volunteer groups who spruce up the farm on their trips here. It is vital to the well-being and beauty of the farm.
April was also a planting month as spring crops were moved from the greenhouse to the high tunnel and into the gardens. Tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, asparagus, kale, spring onions are just a few of the many different produce crops that are growing in the gardens.
Our first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pick-up was May 14. We had asparagus, rhubarb and several variaties of lettuce. The subscribers were happy. If a CSA membership is not a good fit for you, we also have produce available in the Farm Store. Stop by and see us, we are open 8 AM to 6 PM (or maybe a little earlier or later!) every day.
The first of the asparagus has been harvested. The first harvest is always an exciting time. The asparagus went into the Farm Store, but it didn’t stay there long as eager shoppers arrived. As other produce is harvested, the information will be on the website and on Facebook.
We are looking forward to a good year in the gardens. Please keep us in your prayers.
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.