Earthrise Farm is currently the home of two School Sisters of Notre Dame, Kay and Annette Fernholz. In 1944 their parents, Armond and Gertie Fernholz, purchased this 240 acre family farm near Madison, Minnesota and raised their nine children and taught them the love of the land. Kay and Annette came back twenty two years ago with the support of many other Earth seekers to develop a second life for this precious piece of land.
Earthrise Farm takes its name from a quote made during the first moon landing, when an astronaut said, “We have seen the splendor of Earth rise above the horizon of the moon.” The sisters feel it announces the coming of a new paradigm. They hope people will gradually discover that ‘we have no existence apart from this Living Earth.”
During the summer of 2005 Earthrise added a Pacific yurt to the farm so that many others could come and share the energies of radical hospitality offered at this little piece of Earth in deeply rural Minnesota.
The 220 tillable acres of land are organically farmed by three of their brothers, Chuck, Carmen and Tom and the 12 –acre farm site comprises what is named Earthrise Farm. During the past five years the sisters have discontinued their large organic vegetable gardens and poultry operation. A few chickens, three miniature horses, goats, geese, turkeys, cats, dogs, are still part of the Earthrise farm and continue to welcome our guests. We love it when children come to enjoy the animals with us.
Our welcome mat is always waiting for you all year round. Just send us an email, or a phone call and we’ll be there to help you find us and enjoy a peaceful and refreshing time spent with us.
There is an Earth story path along with beautiful grounds for walking and opportunities to join in any farm activities that might be happening when you are with us.
Linens provided, Phone, Refrigerator, Computer, Glamping
Activities & Animals
Gardening, Astronomy/Stargazing, T’ai Chi, Bread making, Organic farming, CSA (food / fiber)