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, a nature trail, educational workshops, cooking classes, and opportunities for internships, sabbaticals 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

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice will host “Learn to Weave,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, April 1.

Upcoming events

November 17 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Nov
17

Feast of Our Lady of Providence

Join us in celebrating Mary, the mother of Jesus, at this special mass which includes a blessing for families. Our Lady of Providence is one of many titles for Mary, mother of Jesus. In May...

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November 18 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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18

Sundays at the Woods: Mindfulness & Meditation

Spend time practicing mindfulness – which is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. You’ll have the opportunity to learn a variety of ways to enter into mindfulness...

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December 1 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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1

Providence teen volunteer ministry winter/spring

Are you a 12 to 18 years old? Share your time with the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Visit with elder sisters and help them with activities such as Bingo, exercise, baking. Share your...

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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

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