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7 Experiences White Violet Center interns will likely corner

2017-2018 White Violet Center for Eco-Justice interns with Georgie, one of the alpaca.

Here’s a list of only seven of the many experiences interns will likely have during the time of transforming themselves and transforming the world while at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice:

1. Jumping out of bed and into the field!
Interns live in a small house surrounded by vegetable gardens, alpacas and horses.

2. Meaningful conversations
Whether you’re surrounded by people with similar points of view or different, there are a ton of opportunities to learn and share.

3. Learning ways to live life more sustainably
The hands-on experiences gained at the small farm at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, can help with that dream of starting a Community Supported Agriculture program in another country or having your own flock of chickens someday.

Former intern Molli Meyers planting peas.

4. Strengthening of interests
Interests in organic agriculture, fiber arts and caring for alpacas are strengthened through daily education and work. You can build confidence and knowledge in immersing yourself in this ministry.

5. Making a tangible difference in the food culture
Growing your own food takes skill. Planting and harvesting vegetables for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and to be sold wholesale and to the local farmers’ market provides the safest and freshest food for families.

6. Being dirty
Working in the USDA certified organic gardens, caring for the alpacas, and collecting eggs from the chickens are dirty (and rewarding) jobs. You’ll make memories for a lifetime. It’s hard work, but it’s a lot of fun, too.

7. Learning beyond the field
Depending on the time of year and length of internship, there might be topical presentations from staff and guests, White Violet Center workshops and retreats, field trips, conferences and workshop opportunities off-site, as they arise.

Oh! And you don’t have to be a student to live, work and learn with us. Check out Internships.WhiteViolet.org to learn more and apply today!

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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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  1. Rita on March 2, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Cheryl, pointing out these seven experiences to potential interns should attract future interns. Keep up your great advertising of possibilities in the intern program.

    S. Rita Clare

  2. Linda on March 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    My daughter, Crystal, just finished her internship – what a wonderful life changing experience is was for her! I am enjoying all the stories she is sharing from collecting eggs, to lunch with everyone, to her beautiful fiber projects. She wakes up thinking she has overslept because she needs to care for the alpacas!
    I don’t know where her next steps will take her, but I do know that her time at White Violet Center will be one of those treasured jewels she will carry the rest of her life.

    I would highly encourage anyone thinking about an internship to do it! There is so much potential and new opportunities that can’t be put into words or pictures. You will never look at your food, and indeed the whole world, in the same way again.

    • Cheryl Casselman on March 8, 2018 at 9:15 am

      We miss Crystal already, Linda! Thank you for such kind and encouraging words!

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