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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 model sustainability.

In 1987, 80 acres of land was purchased and Heartland Farm was born. The three Dominican Sisters, Betty Jean Goebel, Imelda Schmidt, and Roserita Weber, with help of a farm manager and his family, launched the farm with the commitment to heal and care for the Earth and its inhabitants.

Heartland Farm was originally settled under the Homestead Act in the 1870s, when both when farmhouse and barn (that are still in use) were built.  Over the years two straw bale structures have been added, one a hermitage and the other a large gathering space that includes an art studio, harvest room and meeting area. An outdoor pavilion, greenhouse and high tunnel also have been added to the farm as it continues to grow and serve its community.

The 30-year history of the Heartland Farm community includes sisters, volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities as well as paid staff members. We strive to work together in a collaborative environment honoring each one’s gifts while working to support the whole endeavor.

Currently, two Dominican Sisters of Peace, the organic farm manager and family, along with periodic long and short-term volunteers reside on the farm.

Now and Then ~ from 1987 to Now

Srs. Betty Jean Goebel, Imelda Schmidt, and Roserita Weber were the first Sisters at Heartland Farm. Sr. Imelda still makes bread, soaps, jams and jellies, and miscellaneous goods for the Farm’s gift shop. 

Video for Heartland Farm’s 25th anniversary in 2013.


“Oneness with Earth Heals.”

Watch our Heartland Farm slideshow and truly feel the essence of the farm.