As you can tell from the pictures above we have made a major improvement to the greenhouse in early December, 2018. The greenhouse now has a concrete floor instead of dirt. 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 flats and create a cleaner environment for the tender plants under S. Marie’s care. We are grateful for your help and are looking forward to starting seeds for the Spring.
FOOD. FAITH. FUTURE.
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. See more on our Directions page.
NEWS FROM MICHAELA FARM
S. Carolyn Hoff, OSF
2018 brought many people to the farm to enjoy the peace and quiet on our land and to get their hands in the dirt. Without these groups the grounds would not look as beautiful as they do; the signs, in front of Antonia House, in front of the Barn and office areas, the “wheel” area and the herb garden now look GOOD.Many groups helped pull weeds and then some! THANKS to:
o 130 Roger Bacon Junior students; and 60 Oldenburg Academy sophomore students.
o 130 junior high school students (St. Veronica in Cincinnati and Our Lady of Lourdes in Indy).
o 11 people from St. Susanna Parish, Plainfield, IN.
o 35 men, women and children from St. Charva Mission in Cincinnati. There were small projects for the children and bigger projects for the men and women.
o 14 adults from St. John United Church of Christ in Reading, OH. came for a day and a half and did wonders in the Herb Garden. Three of the men (who I am sure had been engineers) helped put rubber tubing around the herb beds while the women weeded and spruced up other areas of the garden.
o 53 adults came from Global Atlantic Financial Group in Batesville, IN. The employees are asked to volunteer one day a year to help local organizations. This year they contacted us and, of course, we said YES. Over 6 different days throughout the summer and fall MUCH was accomplished.
A tour is included to learn more about the history of the farm, the natural farming practices we use and the environmental, educational and spiritual activities available on the farm.
This year we missed one group that usually helps in MANY areas on the farm. Because of MUCH rain and the cancellation of the charter bus service, Marian University San Damiano students were prohibited from coming this August. Usually there are about 150 students that come to help dig and gather potatoes, pick vegetables, clean up tomato plants, pull out some tomato stakes, stack wood, wash dishes and many other projects that only 150 college age students can do for us in one day. HURRY BACK! YOU WERE MISSED.
In looking over the year of events: 142 + people came in groups to tour our farm. They represent a variety of interests: “Garden Clubs”, family groups, Lions Club, and ladies out for the day. They are interested in knowing what we do at Michaela Farm and want to learn what they can do at their own home.
One hundred second graders from local schools came and Margaret Mary Health had a 1 hour program where the students would rotate stations to learn about herbs, vegetables, fruits, and animals. One group did exercises running around straw bales.
The Women’s Issues Interest Group put on a “Women’s Day” at the convent. While the women enjoyed the peace and quiet, Sr. Marge Wissman and I took about 15 children on a hay ride to the farm. Does the pump work? they asked. Yes, the well by the herb garden still works. All 15 children had to check it out for themselves and away they pumped, some with a little help from an adult (me). So the day was much fun. Another question: What is the difference between straw and hay? The answer: The cattle sleep on straw and eat hay. Straw is the stem of a wheat plant and has no nutritional value but is good to sleep on; hay is grass that is cut during the year and stored to use as food during the winter. Many more questions were also asked.
So while not a complete list, you can see that Michaela Farm again welcomed many “friends” onto our grounds to be part of another year of activity.
(We want to express our sincere gratitude for all of these people for coming to the farm and helping us with the essential upkeep that has to be done to keep this a viable, working farm. We thank all of you for the hours of hard work and for your enthusiasm in helping us with our mission of caring for the Earth. We welcome other groups or individuals who would like to help out in the future. Just give us a call if you would like to join in on the effort. –The Staff of Michaela Farm)