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Getting lost in the wheel’s whisper

Posted on February 2, 2016 at 4:15 am by

For many spinners, me included, the joy of spinning is in the process. It’s so easy to get lost in the rhythm of the wheel’s whisper as it whirs or the way light catches color and cartwheels a halo around the fiber. It can be incredibly meditative. Continue reading

Shepherding the plants

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 4:25 am by

2015-2016 White Violet Center Intern Jackie Schwenk sometimes felt like she was shepherding the plants at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Continue reading

Songs help intern remember alpaca names

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 4:25 am by

What would inspire a pharmacy tech from Laporte, Indiana to trade in her lab coat and computer for a rake and manure shovel? For Erin Barnett, it’s all about the animals. “I really enjoy learning about and spending time with the alpacas,” she says. Continue reading

Intern life — part of a living ecosystem

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 6:02 am by

The seeds we plant today will be our sustenance and seeds for tomorrow. Continue reading

New intern inspired by Bill Nye and Captain Planet

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 4:48 am by

Intern Kara Phelps, a recent graduate of Indiana State University, says, “I’ve been stuck in the higher education bubble. I want to get out of that and into the field, see what it really takes to manage an organic farm.” Continue reading

Alpaca fiber cleaning volunteers needed

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 4:35 am by

After all 35 of White Violet Center’s alpacas are sheared in the spring there are bags and bags of raw fiber in queue for processing. There are a myriad of steps that in the end result in a beautiful scarf,  Continue Reading »

Walk the garden on Aug. 8

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 4:40 am by

Walk through the organic vegetable garden from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Sample seasonal dishes made from the produce! Continue reading

Rainy from Pennsylvania to Indiana

Posted on July 18, 2015 at 4:57 am by

Rainy, White Violet Center’s newest intern, came from Pittston, Pennsylvania to work in our organic gardens. Rainy says her interest in sustainable agriculture stems from her undergrad classes in theology and agro-ecology. Continue reading

Turtle crossing

Posted on June 5, 2015 at 4:23 am by

This week as I headed east on St. Mary’s Road into town, something caught my attention. I hadn’t driven but a couple blocks when I spotted a large turtle beginning to creep across the road. Stopping in the middle of the street, I rolled down my window and peered at the bulky reptile, wondering what my next move should be. Should I wait until it crossed? How long would that take? What if another car came and didn’t see the turtle? Or maybe I should help it across? Would it hurt the turtle to pick it up? Continue reading

Fresh air brings us fresh faces

Posted on June 4, 2015 at 4:38 am by

At White Violet Center, people come from near and far and for a myriad of reasons to spend time living and learning in our neck of “the Woods.” This spring we’re excited to welcome four new interns and one AmeriCorps volunteer who will be with us through the summer and beyond. Continue reading

Hundreds of blue butterflies making people happy

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 11:06 pm by

I’d like to tell you why there are 330 blue and white butterflies at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods this week. It’s all about uniting people on a global scale. Oh, and making things pretty and people happy. Continue reading

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

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