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12 facts for 20 years: White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

sustainable-living-graphicFor 20 years the Sisters of Providence have been living out their dedication to environmental justice through their White Violet Center for Eco-Justice ministry at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Here is a list of 12 things you may not know about White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. Visit WhiteViolet.org for more details.

1. The USDA certified organic produce grown at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is now being sold wholesale to restaurants, groceries and caterers.

2. Eggciting news! Because of the addition of 110 new chicks this summer, egg production will ramp up in February.

3. The Individualized Earth Sabbatical program is perfect for those who want to spend time on the farm delving into eco-spirituality while getting their hands dirty. (lheber@spsmw.org)

Interns are the lifeblood of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. Those pictured from left are, Maren Van Cleave, Megan Viesselman, Breanna Mekuly, Joelle Axton, Maggie Hoglund, and Dana Abascal. Learn more at  Internship.WhiteViolet.org.

Interns are the lifeblood of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. Those pictured from left are, Maren Van Cleave, Megan Viesselman, Breanna Mekuly, Joelle Axton, Maggie Hoglund, and Dana Abascal. Learn more at Internship.WhiteViolet.org.

4. Alpaca fiber items are sold at Linden Leaf Gifts at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and online at LindenLeafGifts.com. Handmade Christmas ornaments, nativity scenes, scarves, hats, and wall art, as well as socks and gloves from the member fiber co-op.

5. Alpacas can be “adopted!” Each $100 alpaca adoption includes a photo of the adopted alpaca and an official adoption certificate in an elegant folio — perfect for gift giving! Go to Adopt.WhiteViolet.org.

6. Staff members are available for speaking engagements — sharing about the ministry or speaking on a specific topic, such as food issues, USDA certified organic gardening in all seasons, chicken care, sustainable living, and environmental justice, to name a few.

7. Interns and volunteers travel to White Violet Center from all over the world to learn about sustaiable agriculture. Recently they’ve come from Arizona, China, England, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

8. White Violet Center participates in the Covered Bridge Special Education District Community Work. Through its Skills Training Program West Vigo High School students work on the farm several hours each week during the school year.

Experience the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice farm with the self-guided walking tour.

Experience the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice farm with the self-guided walking tour.

9. Summer and fall season vegetable share programs offer weekly pick-ups of fresh produce May through December. Check out WhiteViolet.org under the Agriculture section to learn more.

10. Terre Haute has a new mobile app providing a way to find local produce. When you’re in the area, download and search the FarmFresh app.

11. Thanks to former interns Laura Gallagher and Tara Elmore there is a self-guided walking tour for those passing through during weekends and evenings when staff are not available.

12. White Violet Center beehives are now part of a communal bee yard in the orchard at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods — a collaboration with Wabash Valley Beekeepers Association.

(Originally published in the Fall 2016 issue of HOPE magazine.)

 

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Cheryl Casselman

Cheryl Casselman worked as a marketing manager for the Sisters of Providence for twenty years. She grew up in Camby, Indiana and now lives in Sullivan County, Indiana. She has a bachelor's degree in communications from Indiana State University and master's degree in Leadership Development from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

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