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Saving the day — one chicken at a time

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 4:49 am by

A farm internship in rural Indiana might seem an unlikely choice for someone who studied literature, linguistics and art criticism, but after getting her master’s degree, Yiran was still looking for something hands-on and tangible. “I felt my majors made me talk too much about aloof topics, and I was not grounded in the real world.” Now she finds herself cozying up to some fuzzy and feathered creatures.
“Last week I put back two hens and a rooster who did not get into the chicken coop in time. I felt I had rescued lives and that my job is so important!” she said. Continue reading

Our first Farm to School experience

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 5:17 pm by

As a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, it only seemed natural that White Violet Center’s first Farm to School experience would be with a Catholic school. Last fall, I began working with St. Patrick’s School in Terre Haute, Indiana to start piloting some of our fresh, organically grown produce in the school cafeteria. We have been donating to the church’s soup kitchen for years, but this has been our first experience with selling produce to the school. It has been an absolute pleasure working with the kitchen staff at St. Pat’s. Continue reading

Choosing the odd fruit

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 4:42 am by

White Violet Center intern, Laura Gallagher, shares her joy of discovering quirky garden fare: “Harvesting was like going through a child’s coloring book where potatoes were blue, carrots came in purple, and chard greens were held aloft by ruby-colored stalks. And, of course, as happens with any enthusiastically colored picture, there was some coloring outside of the lines. Some carrots came out with twists and bumps, a few squash grew together off the same vine, and we dug up scores of funnily shaped sweet potatoes.” Continue reading

“Carnivals of community”

Posted on December 22, 2014 at 2:00 am by

In the rare quiet moment, as Christmas rapidly approaches, I think about Christmases past and present and wonder about Christmases in the future. With the coming and passing of time and of loved ones, Christmas has taken many forms in my life. Continue reading

Walking toward the dawn

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 1:00 am by

Hmmm, I think I’ll hit the snooze button just one more time …
I’ve never been a morning person but, this time of year, I really struggle with rallying my brain from slumber and climbing out of my warm, comfy bed. I know I’m not alone.
As available daylight dwindles with the tilting of Earth, most of us descend along with it into lower energy and diminished spirits. Continue reading

We throw really good parties

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm by

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at White Violet Center! Our elves, otherwise known as interns, spent the afternoon decorating the place and it looks festive, indeed.

Our resident kitties, Hazel and Sage, are beside themselves with awe, wonder and mischief as they behold all the new shining things put here for their playtime pleasure. I predicted that the Christmas tree would be horizontal this morning but, at least so far, my prediction was unfounded. Continue reading

Much work to be done

Posted on November 8, 2014 at 5:00 am by

What can be the rootless, vocational race to nowhere is met and matched for me presently by this: the crickets sing their constant love songs, slowing in step with the fading warmth of fall, and bees work long, laboring hours to prepare a hive and protect a queen through a winter they will never live to experience. I join in this movement of life, grounded in cellular memory, in a rhythm that includes me and yet lays millennia outside of me in all directions. Continue reading

Looking for a change

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:30 am by

Alanna Norman came to White Violet Center (WVC) as an intern looking for a change. After studying studio art and art history with the intention of going into museum administration, she began to realize she was being pulled in a different direction. Continue reading

Unique internship experience

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:21 am by

Former White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC) intern Tyler Brenes, from Wayne, New Jersey, reflects on his three months working in the WVC chemical-free garden. “…at the end of it all, you will have a unique experience that you will cherish forever. Your perspective on life might change, as well.” Continue reading

A living Land Ethic

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 4:30 am by

True confessions of a former White Violet Center intern: staff meetings were sometimes a chance to daydream … but when we met to hear more about the Sisters of Providence Land Ethic I quickly found that this would not be that kind of staff meeting. This was big. Continue reading

Welcome back Tracey Horan!

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:00 am by

Introducing blogger Tracey Horan. “I was initially attracted to the mission and ministry of the White Violet Center, but as Sisters welcomed me into conversations at meals, prayer groups, and even to participate and learn about other ministries, I came to know them in a deeper way to get a sense for their passions and what their charism means.” Continue reading

Garden happenings

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm by

It’s a good time for an update from the garden.
Lettuce is growing! Spinach is being stubborn and slow this fall. The radishes look perky and so do the delicious Hakurei turnips. The warm weather crops like tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers are pretty well over. Continue reading

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