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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

Good time to be a bee

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 4:05 am by

“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

Resources for making healthy choices

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm by

As we all strive to make decisions to bring hope and healing to Earth community, here are some resources suggested by staff members at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence. Continue reading

Sustainability midst the bustle

Posted on April 18, 2015 at 6:00 am by

How does one fit living an ecologically friendly lifestyle into the busyness of life? For Providence Associates Jennifer and Duane Drake, it’s about being gentle with themselves in the process. Continue reading

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