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Despite snow, CSA planning and planting underway

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 5:40 am by

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

A love affair with yarn

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 5:41 am by

I love yarn. I mean, I really love it. I’ve worn skeins of colorful handspun yarn as a scarf and displayed bowls of it on tables simply to admire it. Continue reading

Basic herbal preparations

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 5:00 am by

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

Fiber class for alpaca owners

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 4:58 am by

At White Violet Center and White Violet Farm Alpacas, we hear from many alpaca owners who are unsure of how to process their own fiber.

Two years ago, we began offering an Alpaca 102 class that goes over all of the ins and outs of handling, processing and even raising quality alpaca fiber. Participants learn how to process fleece — all the way from raw fiber to a finished product. They also learn tips on shearing, how to show fleeces in competitions and other avenues for using fiber. (We realize that not everyone is interested in learning how to process their own fleece!)

We’ve had great responses to this class. Continue reading

Green Leaf Award

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm by

There is a new certificate on display at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC).

Sister Maureen Freeman, CSJ, director of WVC, accepted the Green Leaf Award on behalf of WVC and the Sisters of Providence during the recent Sustainability Conference. The conference was presented by Our Green Valley Alliance for Sustainability (OGVA) Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

The corporate Green Leaf Award was given to Boral Bricks, Inc., of Farmersburg, Ind.

Also at the conference, Joy Sacopulos was presented with the first Sister Jeanne Knoerle Award. Sister of Providence Jeanne Knoerle, who died last summer, was instrumental in beginning OGVA and a strong supporter of and volunteer at White Violet Center.

Congratulations to Joy Sacopulos and Boral Bricks!
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Spinning workshop Nov. 16

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 9:27 am by

With the chill in the air and the fall leaves flying around we’re hoping a handful of basic spinners will want to spend the day inside with us 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Nov. 16, for our Spinning 102 class taught by award winning fiber artist Robin Edmundson.

This workshop is designed for basic spinners who are interested in branching out to work with a variety of fibers and plying techniques. It’s a great chance to refresh your spinning skills, learn from other spinners and just have fun!

The cost for this hands-on workshop is $100, with lunch and refreshments included. The registration deadline is this Friday, Nov. 8; so don’t waste any time contacting Robyn Morton at 812-535-2932 or to let us know you’re coming. Housing is available; so please inquire if interested. Continue reading

Helping nourish those around me

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm by

Intern Bree Lloyd, of Ney, Ohio, writes about her experience so far working with the alpacas and in the organically grown gardens at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice and White Violet Farm Alpacas at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. Continue reading

Bugs couldn’t keep intern away

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 11:07 pm by

Rebecca Kloskowski, of Lombard, Ill., spent the summer gardening and working with a herd of alpacas at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. Continue reading

Spending time in God’s greatest Cathedral — the outdoors

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 5:00 am by

Gardening in Indiana is hard work, but it can also be spiritually satisfying. “There are many different spiritual facets of working in a garden,” Kaitlyn Willy said while pulling weeds around potato plants. “God’s greatest Cathedral is the outdoors. Being  Continue Reading »

Making bread retreat at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm by

Why would someone with a thousand things to do take the time to make bread by hand? It might be for the wonderful taste. Maybe it’s about the quiet alone time or the time spent with others making it together. It could be for nutrition — knowing what’s in your food. Join us Sept. 13-15, 2013, for “Bread Rising, Spirit Raising” weekend retreat at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. (Near Terre Haute.) Continue reading

Conservation program underway at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 4:50 am by

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice staff members have managed the farmland owned by the Sisters of Providence for nearly 20 years. Recently, alternatives have been considered for a 5-acre piece of cropland that is surrounded by trees and difficult for  Continue Reading »

Welcoming new interns

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 5:38 am by

Paul Haag and Rusty Thompson are the newest interns at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence. Paul began his six month internship on Jan. 15. He is originally from West Terre  Continue Reading »

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