White Violet Center Blog
My job description reads like most do for those who direct a department: prepare and oversee planning and budgets, direct people and all of the necessary activities required to do so, be responsible for forestry, farming, gardening and alpaca herd management for the Sister’s mid-sized agricultural ministry. Check, check and check!
But when contemplating whether to take this job, one little item near the bottom of the list really caught my attention and spoke to my soul: care of the Reflection Garden. Continue reading
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
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
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
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!