In 1986, the Kansas Dominican Sisters (now Dominican Sisters of Peace) decided to begin a new ministry, one committed to the care of Earth and to modeling sustainability. In 1987 they purchased the 80 acres that is now Heartland Farm. The first residents were three Dominican Sisters and a married couple with their three children.
The farm had originally been settled under the Homestead Act in the 1870s. Both the farm house and the barn are well over 100 years old and still in use. Over the years two straw bale structures have been added, one a hermitage and the other an art studio. The guest house provides welcoming space for visitors and retreatants. Additional apartments are available for volunteer housing.
Currently, three Dominican Sisters of Peace are full-time residents of the farm.