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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
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
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
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
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
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