White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

Teaching, caring, inspiring for all creation

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, is a ministry of the Sisters of Providence. You’ll find a herd of alpacas and a flock of laying chickens, a 5-acre USDA certified organic garden, orchards, bee hives, a Farm Store, and a nature trail. We also have educational workshops, cooking classes, and opportunities for internships and volunteering.

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“We understand Providence as God’s care for all of creation.”

Sister Dawn Tomaszewski

General Superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
The 5-acre garden is USDA certified organic. Vegetables, such a these tomatoes, herbs and flowers are harvested by interns, volunteers and staff for the Community Supported Agriculture vegetable share program, the Sisters of Providence dining rooms, or the Terre Haute farmers' market. Extras are donated to local food banks.

“It was the best field trip ever!”

Dixie Bee kindergartner

visiting White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

This is a working farm! You can be a part of it!

Organic gardening

There are several ways you can get the freshest and safest vegetables, fruit and herbs from this ministry.

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Internships

Experience hands-on learning and have an important part in the local food system.

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Alpacas & fiber

Alpacas have been a part of this ministry since 1998. They provide beautiful garments to wear and contribute to the organic gardens.

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Land ethic

This is a blueprint of how we balance the needs of people and land.
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Farm Store

Shop the Farm Store at White Violet Center for organic produce grown at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and many other locally made products. Honey, maple syrup, coffee, raw milk cheese, pet treats, and much more.

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Alpaca items

See alpaca and White Violet Center items at the website for Linden Leaf Gifts, the Sisters of Providence gift shop.

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“Even though we’re only 40 alpacas in the world, this is part of the global supply chain of yarn. It connects you to all the past fiber animals and all the future fiber animals.”

Alena Ruman

former White Violet Center for Eco-Justice intern

Photo albums

Upcoming events

Sundays at the Woods: Walk in the Woods

June 14 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

Put on your hiking shoes or boots and bring the whole family on this 1.5 mile, guided tour of the nature trail and cosmic walk at the Woods. Learn from Stu Haney who helps manage the magnificent woods of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods about the unique features of these woods and its species and how we help…

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May
21

Memory Café

NOTE: Due to the new restricted guidelines offered from the CDC, Memory Café scheduled on March 19 and April 16 are cancelled. Please check back here for May gathering. A Memory Café is a welcoming…

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Jun
1

Teen volunteer days summer 2020

Calling all teens! Come share your time and talents with our retired Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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Jun
12

Art for the Soul Retreat

Open yourself to the Spirit through playful art. There will be guided art exercises integrated with prayer. You will explore, as if on a journey, how you see your world, yourself and those you love. …

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Visit the Woods

Schedule a tour or visit.

Volunteer

Be an Intern

Organic gardening, fiber arts, and alpacas

Social justice

Adopt an Alpaca

Your donation helps our mission