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Steph Bell says au revoir

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 6:20 am by

All of the work that we did this summer was punctuated with so much healing laughter. I leave White Violet Center filled with gratitude for so many things, but mostly for the sense of community that came from working everyday with people who care so much and work so hard to heal our world. Continue reading

Celebration of harvest — a kick off to an amazing year

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 5:05 am by

October is shaping up to be a month full of celebration here at the Woods culminating with the grand celebration of the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin on Oct. 25 and the start of the Sisters of Providence 175th anniversary celebration. White Violet Center is delighted to kick things off with our 4th annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 4. Continue reading

A passion for seed saving

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm by

Learning how to grow your own food and save your own seed is a handy skill that will repay you for years to come. And at the end of the day, it’s just fun. Continue reading

National Farmers’ Market Week

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 5:10 am by

To celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week, White Violet Center is hosting a Garden Walk on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Guests are welcome to wander the garden, meet some of the people who grow the produce, and enjoy a variety of foods made with our harvests. Visitors can even meet some of our alpacas and chickens, too. Continue reading

You’ve paid for it … use it!

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 4:27 pm by

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice is a partner with Energizing Indiana and for each household that completes an audit using our code, we receive $25 to help further our mission of caring for Earth through reduced energy consumption. Sweet deal! Continue reading

Sister Ann Sullivan celebrates golden jubilee

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 5:00 am by

Sister Ann Sullivan, founding director of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, was one of 10 Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods who recently celebrated their 50th anniversary as members of the Congregation. Continue reading

Organic soybeans getting humates and sea minerals

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:29 pm by

This weekend and into early next week Ceres Solutions will be in the fields spraying two natural substances to enhance the life and health of the soil — humates and sea minerals. Continue reading

The shared pursuit

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:04 am by

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. — Anatole France Transitions thread through time with  Continue Reading »

Reflections from the Garden…

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm by

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

For the love of colorful fiber

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 5:10 am by

I love color. I know this may seem like a funny statement coming from someone who manages a whole herd of alpaca fleece only in their natural colors, but even the palette of natural colors found in alpacas are a delight to work with. Continue reading

Happy Earth Day!

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 5:25 am by

It’s the final countdown to our 16th Annual Earth Day Celebration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EDT) this Saturday, April 26, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana (near Terre Haute). Live animal and bird shows, pedi-cab rides, an alpaca shearing demonstration, weaving  Continue Reading »

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

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