White Violet Center Blog
To celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week, White Violet Center is hosting a Garden Walk on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Guests are welcome to wander the garden, meet some of the people who grow the produce, and enjoy a variety of foods made with our harvests. Visitors can even meet some of our alpacas and chickens, too. Continue reading
My job description reads like most do for those who direct a department: prepare and oversee planning and budgets, direct people and all of the necessary activities required to do so, be responsible for forestry, farming, gardening and alpaca herd management for the Sister’s mid-sized agricultural ministry. Check, check and check!
But when contemplating whether to take this job, one little item near the bottom of the list really caught my attention and spoke to my soul: care of the Reflection Garden. Continue reading
There may be six inches of snow, and counting, but it’s time to start planning and planting for our 2014 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Our greenhouse already has baby plants started, waiting for their chance to get transplanted into our high tunnels. Continue reading
I fancy myself a practicing herbalist. If you can’t find me easily at WVC, I’m probably closed up in my office with some great Tome of Herbal Lore on my lap (or, likely as not, watching a YouTube-provided herbal seminar).
I love whipping up a quick cough syrup for my kids, or making a soothing tea when the stress of the day has driven me right around the bend. When used carefully — preferably with the guidance of a trained herbalist! — these remedies tend to be gentle, effective and free of side effects. What they often aren’t is cheap. In fact, some of the most common herbal products, like tinctures and herbal blends, can be staggering in their cost. Continue reading