What’s New on the Farm
The weather is cooperating in these late summer days. The gardens are doing well. To see what we have in the farm store click on the “products” button. We have a wide variety of produce. You’re always welcome 8:00 AM to dusk! Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the latest news from our farm director, S. Peg.
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
The rain of the last few days has been a true blessing for the Farm. The grass is greening up again and you can almost hear the gardens sighing with relief that rain has helped to bring more water into the soil. Victor has been irrigating the gardens since the heat began but there is nothing like a good rain shower to brighten the area up. We will continue to hope for more rain as we move into fall.
With the beginning of the new school year, the Farm has been blessed by a large group of students from Marian University. Normally they would have helped to harvest potatoes but the crop was ready before their arrival. There was no fear that they would have nothing to do. There is always a backlog of jobs that they can help to accomplish and that they did. We are grateful to the Marian students for their continued interest in the Farm and for traveling down from Indianapolis to help us. Thank you to S. Carolyn for working with the students to accomplish so much.
Coffee on the Porch will continue through the month of September and hopefully through October and perhaps November. The latter dates depend on the weather, but if last year is used as a pattern, it should stay warm enough through November. Coffee on the Porch is a fun time for those who come and it is also a learning experience about what is happening on the Farm. It is a relaxing morning filled with good companionship, interesting chatting, a good cup of coffee and if you are lucky, a scone or two. If you don’t like coffee, let us know and we can accommodate a cup of tea. You can also just come and join the group to watch the activity, see the birds and butterflies and join the conversation. Watch for the sign-up sheet outside of the Activity Room. Mary Ellen will bring you down and take you back to the Motherhouse.
Those who have come down to help with the CSAWe are closing in on the last few weeks of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for this year. The CSA pick-up will last through the week of September 23rd. Produce and eggs will still be available through the Farm Store throughout the rest of the production season. A big thank you to all the Sisters pick-up. Our members have truly enjoyed meeting you and seeing you as they come for their shares.
We are busy continuing to plant for the remaining summer season and also putting in the fall crops for harvest in October and November. Our
chickens are still laying about 15 dozen eggs a day, so there are plenty eggs in the Farm Store.
Fall crops were beginning to be planted in late July.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support of the farm.We count on your interest and appreciate all you do help make the farm a success.
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.