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Shepherding the plants

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 4:25 am by

2015-2016 White Violet Center Intern Jackie Schwenk sometimes felt like she was shepherding the plants at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Continue reading

Songs help intern remember alpaca names

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 4:25 am by

What would inspire a pharmacy tech from Laporte, Indiana to trade in her lab coat and computer for a rake and manure shovel? For Erin Barnett, it’s all about the animals. “I really enjoy learning about and spending time with the alpacas,” she says. Continue reading

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

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

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

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

A time to reflect on internship

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 3:35 am by

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

Saving the day — one chicken at a time

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 4:49 am by

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

Choosing the odd fruit

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 4:42 am by

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

Much work to be done

Posted on November 8, 2014 at 5:00 am by

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

Looking for a change

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:30 am by

Alanna Norman came to White Violet Center (WVC) as an intern looking for a change. After studying studio art and art history with the intention of going into museum administration, she began to realize she was being pulled in a different direction. Continue reading

Unique internship experience

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:21 am by

Former White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC) intern Tyler Brenes, from Wayne, New Jersey, reflects on his three months working in the WVC chemical-free garden. “…at the end of it all, you will have a unique experience that you will cherish forever. Your perspective on life might change, as well.” Continue reading

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