White Violet Center Blog
“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
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
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 »
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
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
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
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
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