Early Summer produce is coming in!
Visit the new farm store and pick up asparagus, rhubarb, spicy salad greens and chives! We still have honey, nuts, dried herbs, Doll’s jelly and applesauce…and of course, eggs! We also have the beginnings of a wide variety of transplants for your garden.
Only 6 More Shares Available in the CSA!
You only have until April 26th to join the CSA here at the farm. It’s time to sign up for the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program for this Summer! Click on the CSA tab above and get in on the freshest local produce and eggs in the area! Things are coming together and the plants are prospering with the care of Victor and S. Marie. We have high hopes for this season. We have a new garden design and listened to your requests for which produce you did and didn’t like…even a few surprises are in store. See the FAQ section under the CSA tab to answer the most common questions. If you still need more information, call us at 812-933-0661 and we’ll do our best to address any issues you may have. Join us!
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
In the past you have heard stories about the chickens and the cattle but this month let’s take a look into the other wildlife that inhabit the farm. The farm has many trees in the Contemplation Woods and on several other areas of the property. These wooded areas make space for birds to nest and to feed.
Some of the birds are the classic songbirds native to the area but we also have owls, hawks and woodpeckers. The Audubon Society uses the farm as a staging area for its winter bird count throughout the Franklin County and surrounding areas. We are always happy to host the winter birders for this event.
On Tuesday afternoons, we will sometimes see deer wandering into the area in front of the barn. There are several pear trees and some hazelnut trees in that area and the deer come looking for a treat or two. Last year a deer came with her fawn and we enjoyed watching them browse for some fallen fruit and nuts. Unfortunately no one thought to get out their camera for a quick picture.
On another occasion we saw a family of skunk walking along the pasture line. “Mama” Skunk was leading the way and all the young ones were following in a straight line. We got very quiet about then and just left them travel on their way!
The raccoons like to show up in the early mornings just after Marie puts out the cat food. We have a raccoon family who is living in the barn. Try as we might, they out smart us every time we try to remove them from the barn. I suppose we will have to start thinking like a raccoon to get the eviction notice to them.
A small fox has been spotted sorting through the compost pile looking for a treat or two. She particularly likes apple cores and potatoes. We are fairly sure she is looking for food to feed her offspring. Even the compost is used by our wildlife.
We also have the usual rabbit and squirrel populations that one would expect on a farm. They do like to check out the gardens to see what they can find there. They like our tomatoes quite a lot. If they would only eat one or two we would be glad to give them tomatoes but sadly they really like to sample far too many before they are satisfied.
While we have a tendency to focus on our chickens, there are plenty of other animals that call the farm home. Come sit on San Damiano’s porch and perhaps you’ll see or hear some of our wildlife enjoying the quiet of the farm. But be prepared for a visit with one or more of our cats. Some like to be petted, some not so much….and they will let you know their preference. In any case, you are always welcome to come see what is happening at Michaela 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.