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White Violet Center: Meet our new crop of interns

The team at White Violet Center is pleased to welcome our new interns. These five ladies play a vital role in our daily farm operations. They work in the organic gardens; take care of the animals and so much more. Feel free to leave an encouraging comment so they can see how much support and love there is for all that they do.

Abigail Close

September 3, 2018 – March 1, 2019
DeForest, WI
“I want to take part in a community of people who support each other and work hard for a common goal. I love learning and would enjoy learning how to work with alpacas and chickens and the garden.” Abigail is a 2016 High school graduate with 2 semesters at Madison Area Technical College.


Beth McDonald

September 3, 2018 – August 31, 2019
Terre Haute, IN
“Due to the deep love and respect I have for animals and nature, I would like to learn even more about how I can be a better steward for both. As both an animal lover and environmental-water laboratory technician, I am eager to utilize the skills I have acquired.” Beth is a 2015 Indiana State University graduate in Biology and Nursing.


Ana Mercado

September 3, 2018 – March 1, 2019 Grafton, WI
“I was drawn to the WVC internship, because it combines three of my greatest passions: working outdoors, environmental consciousness, and design processes. As an intern at WVC, I hope to explore the field of organic agriculture and gain hands-on farm and animal care experience, while forming a deeper connection with fiber processing techniques.” Ana is a 2017 Mount Mary University, WI graduate in Fashion Design with special interest in using upcycled materials.


Paloma Rothschild

June 20 – December 18, 2018
Dana Point, CA
“I have always been an animal-loving, outdoors-loving kind of gal… during college I spent time with a friend who lives in a local co-op where sustainability, renewable resourcing, fruit & vegetable gardens, and raising chickens are cherished….I stumbled, almost miraculously, across the alpaca husbandry and organic garden opportunities at WVC.” Paloma is a 2018 California State Polytechnic University graduate in International Business.


McKenzie Vaughan

July 9 – December 1, 2018
Terre Haute, IN
“The environment, outdoors, and animals have always been a passion of mine since I was a child and have grown immensely as I have grown older and gone through college. I am super excited to see (be a part of) the Organic Gardening and Alpaca/Animal Husbandry internships available at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice!” McKenzie is a 2018 Indiana University graduate in Environmental Sustainability.

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Sister Mary Montgomery, SP, serves as the Internship Program Coordinator for White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. She also offers retreats, spiritual direction and workshops. She has a deep appreciation of nature in every season, the Sacred in the Ordinary, and the arts.

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  1. Marilyn Kofler, SP on September 17, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Congratulations and welcome to our newest White Violet Center Interns! Your commitment to the outdoors, animals, and organic agriculture is inspiring! May you find great joy and contentment in working toward your goals together with others who share your vision! And when your internship comes to a happy conclusion, may you bring your insights and values into your near futures knowing you can indeed make a difference!

  2. Bill Hughes on September 17, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Looks like we’ve got a great new “crop” of interns. Welcome aboard the Woods experience.

    Bill Hughes, Providence Associate

  3. Donna Butler, Sp on September 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Welcome to each one of you! We appreciate your generosity and the difference you make not only here at the Woods but the difference you make in the world. May this time be a rich one of new friendships, learning skills and gaining understandings and insights to carry with you for life.
    S. Donna

  4. Diann Neu on September 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Welcome to each of you, and thank you for coming to White Violet Center and the Woods! Enjoy every moment in this beautiful place that is home for so many of us. Hug Providence Olivia for me and my daughter Min who adopted her! Many blessings, Diann Neu PA

  5. Rosemary Nudd, SP on October 4, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks to each of you for following your passion(s) with and among us. How lavishly God provides!

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