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Tara’s top 10 intern memories

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 4:17 am by

“A picture is worth ten thousand words.” -Frederick R. Barnard
I invite you to take a look back on my journey during the past year as an intern at White Violet Center. Through photographs, I hope to give you a glimpse of an experience that has provided me with so much richness and happiness. Continue reading

Good time to be a bee

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 4:05 am by

“It’s a good time to be a bee,” garden manager Candace Minster told me last week just after transferring two packaged hives to their new home just north of the White Violet Center greenhouse. Glancing at the flowering trees and wild flowers surrounding us there in the orchard, I couldn’t agree more. By the time Candace and David Illyes, assistant garden manager, made their way over to me from the hives and took off their protective headgear, it appeared there were already a couple new arrivals foraging at our feet. Continue reading

Resources for making healthy choices

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm by

As we all strive to make decisions to bring hope and healing to Earth community, here are some resources suggested by staff members at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence. Continue reading

Sustainability midst the bustle

Posted on April 18, 2015 at 6:00 am by

How does one fit living an ecologically friendly lifestyle into the busyness of life? For Providence Associates Jennifer and Duane Drake, it’s about being gentle with themselves in the process. Continue reading

Cherishing creation

Posted on April 18, 2015 at 6:00 am by

“Our promise in this time is to be God’s loving care for all creation, to be one of the ways God sustains life. We desire to live in right relationship with our Earth and with all that dwells on Earth.” Continue reading

My secret life …

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 6:10 am by

Tom Balduf enjoys his time volunteering with the Sisters of Providence. Especially working in the Reflection Garden and spending time with the alpacas. Continue reading

17th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Posted on April 9, 2015 at 4:42 pm by

Saturday, April 18, will be our 17th Annual Earth Day Celebration! Hard to believe, isn’t it? For 17 years, White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC) has hosted a city-wide party for Earth, bringing together people, educators, and entertainers, all focused on learning how to care for creation. Continue reading

Earth! Series at Vigo County Public Library

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 3:45 am by

I’m usually grateful when a user’s manual is included with newly purchased items. I’ve gotten incredibly detailed and well-written manuals for items that are intuitively easy to use. And I’ve gotten sparse notes with cryptic instruction for items that I  Continue Reading »

A time to reflect on internship

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 3:35 am by

I have experienced all four seasons more intimately than ever before. The wonderful smell of freshly dug soil in spring. The cleansing feeling of summer rain pouring down on me and washing away the sweat and heat of the day. The beauty of watching the colorful dance between the autumn breeze and the woods that surround the farmland. Even the unsympathetic gazes from the alpacas as the brutal cold and wind of winter leave me frozen while leaving them unmoved. Alas, my beard has proven to be a disappointing substitute for alpaca fiber. Continue reading

Celebrating National CSA Sign-Up Day

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 3:40 am by

Our motley crew is excited about the upcoming CSA season starting in May! In celebration of National CSA Sign-Up Day on Feb. 28, check out some of my favorite ways to use fruits and veggies from our very own White Violet garden. Tacos with pickled peppers, roasted root veggies, kale smoothies, roasted eggplant and tomato soup … Continue reading

Why I rejoice on -5 degree days

Posted on February 21, 2015 at 3:15 am by

During the mild winter of 2012-13, I remember celebrating some of the warm days and being surprised that garden manager Candace did not join in my jubilation – in fact, quite the opposite. Her response was a rant on how much we desperately needed freezing temperatures for the success of our garden the next year. Now, I’m not a scientist by training, but her logic made a lot of sense to me. Here are some of the reasons why today I would join in Candace’s rant against warm winters … Continue reading

Let our CSA be your “Produce Fairy”

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 2:33 am by

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a Produce Fairy? When you’re planning your weekly meals, you could clap your hands and she would magically appear, waving her magic wand to reveal an array of fresh, organically-grown veggies.
But it’s not a dream — White Violet Center’s CSA can be your very own Produce Fairy! Continue reading

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