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. Peg Maher
“Green is the prime color of the world and that from which all loveliness arises”
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
When you look across the farm during this late summer season, that quote certainly comes true. The pastures, gardens, lawns and flower beds all show the lovely color of green. But if you look carefully, other beautiful colors show through all of the green. Right outside my window is beautiful yellow of sunflowers in S. Mary’s garden. In other flower gardens are the pinks and yellows of various kinds of flowers. In the vegetable gardens the reds, yellows and purples are all shining through. There are several shades of green hidden down between the leaves of the plants just waiting for the gardeners to discover their presence. Every day new colors are showing up in the produce and flowers. If “colors are the smiles of nature” (Leigh Hunt), then nature is certainly smiling on the farm.
Did you know that the Pantone color of 2018 is Ultraviolet? Victor, our gardener, decided last year that perhaps we should celebrate the color of the year and made sure that we planted to show that idea. In the farm store this year we have many products that do just that. Asian and traditional eggplant, purple basil, purple kohlrabi and some deeply colored tomatoes are all there. We are even trying to grow a purple melon for later in the fall. We’ll let you know how that worked out. We are not sure what the color for 2019 might be yet, but who knows, we might be able to celebrate that color during our 2019 growing season. I’ll be cheering Victor on as he tackles that new idea for the coming year.
In addition to purple, our farm store has red tomatoes, chili peppers and sweet peppers, yellow sweet peppers and lots of green lettuce, kale, peppers, leeks and if you get there at just right time, big green watermelons with bright pink interiors. Everyday new and different products are being harvested. (Check our website and Facebook page to see what is currently there.) As we slowly slip into autumn the color palette will change but nature’s smile will not. Nature still welcomes us with open arms to experience the serenity and quietness of the farm. Nature still calls us to take a walk and experience her loveliness and allow the Spirit to work within us. You are always welcome to stop by.
“Nature always wears the colors of the Spirit”
Ralph Waldo Emerson