After 40 plus years in the service of their community, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Annette and Kay Fernholz directed their ministry to the 240-acre family farm near Madison, Minnesota, originally purchased by their parents in 1944.
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 that people will gradually discover that “we have no existence apart from this Living Earth.”
The gardens at Earthrise are comprised of a four acre portion of their family farm, with the remaining acreage farmed organically by their three brothers, Carmen, Chuck and Tom.
Winter 2012 Earthrise added a Pacific yurt so that guests could come and stay overnight on their farm.
The Fernholz sisters follow the model of “teikei,” a Japanese approach where small farms provide their neighbors and communities with fresh fruits and vegetables and, in return, families make a lasting commitment to the farm. The American model of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) closely resembles the principle of teikei.
Activities & Animals
Gardening, Astronomy, T’ai Chi, Bread making, Organic farming, CSA (food / fiber)