Three Indiana Farms with Purpose
Head for the rolling hills of southeast Indiana and make a stop at Michaela Farm in Oldenburg. The farm, owned by the town’s Sisters of St. Francis, was originally established in 1854 to feed local children orphaned by an 1847 cholera epidemic. These days, the majority of the farm’s harvest each year is sold through an on-farm store in the property’s century-old red barn, as well as through a community-supported agriculture program in the spring and fall. Care of the earth and creation is the mission here, which includes feeding the bodies, minds, and spirits of the local community.
The Spanish concept of “sobremesa” refers to the time spent after shared meals, enjoying the comfort of good friends. Sobremesa Permaculture Farm co-owners Robert Frew and Juan Carlos Arango build on this concept by regularly inviting friends, new and old, for community gatherings on their nine-acre Monroe County farm. The pair hopes to inspire attention to “agri-culture,” they say, which by their definition encourages organic food production, permaculture practices and multi-cultural expression.
The mission at Uplands Peak Sanctuary, just outside of Salem, is to rescue abused and neglected farm animals, educate the public on the benefits of a vegan lifestyle, and promote sustainability. By sharing stories of the animals under their care, sanctuary owners Michelle and Mark Pruitt invite others to reconsider their food choices. The property offers about 20 acres of refuge for animals and guests. Visitors are invited to not only spend some time with the rescues, but to also enjoy the wooded trails and natural beauty of the land.