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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

Sustainable living: White Violet Center for Eco-Justice interns learn from the land

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm by

John Michael and Tara Elmore signed on for a year-long internship at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods beginning in March 2014. Tara works with the alpacas and John Michael works in the 5-acre organically grown garden. They have a passion for learning everything they can about farm living. They wanted to be immersed in a farming experience to see if they were cut out for having their own farm someday. Or not. Continue reading

Intern projects valued by staff, future visitors for years to come

Posted on September 1, 2011

The internship program at White Violet Center (WVC) is designed to educate anyone who desires to deepen their understanding of issues such as eco-spirituality, agricultural sustainability and sustainable animal husbandry. But often unknown to our interns, they confer multiple gifts  Continue Reading »

Our 2011 interns

Posted on August 24, 2011

Helen Angell, of Seattle, Wash., was the children’s garden/youth day camp intern. Helen was an environmental sociology sophomore at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., who was with us through August 2011.Garden intern, Devon Arndt, of Farmington, Minn., completed her  Continue Reading »

Alpaca intern Sister Alice

Posted on July 11, 2011

Alpacas part of a more contemplative life The doorway to nature has been opened. And some curious alpacas were the greeters. Wheaton Franciscan Sister Alice Drewek has succeeded in her desire to begin connecting with earth while participating in an  Continue Reading »