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Sustainable agriculture internships

An internship at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, might mean planting, weeding or harvesting green beans.

An internship at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice has been described as the chance of a lifetime by those who have come and gone.

There are many sustainable agriculture learning experiences in the world, but one at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, includes hundreds of Catholic Sisters of Providence from which to learn and be inspired. I’ve been told it’s one of the surprise favorite aspects of spending several months or a year here as an intern.

The sisters genuinely care about the interns and want to see them succeed. They will make you feel at home — for however long you choose to live and learn at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Working farmers’ markets is a year-round opportunity as an intern at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN.

Oh, sure, depending on what time of the year, there are long days working in the 7-acre USDA certified organic garden or in the alpaca barn. Depending on what months you’re here, you might spend hours learning fiber arts like weaving, knitting, spinning and needle-felting.

If you’re interning in the spring, you’ll likely learn about seeds and planting. If you’re here in the summer, you might learn about pest management, how weather conditions affect organic gardening (ok, that’s all seasons), and have experiences with people who buy the vegetables you help grow. You might take a field trip to a neighboring farm. You might attend workshops or a summer solstice celebration. You might take long walks under a night sky full of bright stars or collect eggs from the chickens.

Interns help with the daily care of our herd of 40 alpacas.

That’s in addition to learning from the staff of experts in their field (pun intended) at this ministry. The work is hands-on. It’s hard work. You might want go to bed at 8:30 at night because you’ve worked that hard. But it’s satisfying work that leads to valuable learning experiences on a small, working organic farm.

You’ll jump out of bed and into the field! Live in an eight bedroom house on the grounds, get farm produce, cafeteria lunches, $150 monthly stipend and access to a small house budget.

Sound too good to be true? It’s waiting for you, right off I-70, near Terre Haute.  White Violet Center has eight interns year-round, so apply today and don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Or pass this information on to someone you know might be interested.

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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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