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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, Farm Share program 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

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

May
25

Book Study: With Open Hands by Henri Nouwen

Explore this spiritual classic and introduction to prayer book “With Open Hands” by Henry Nouwen, internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor. Each week, we will discuss themes throughout the book which...

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Jun
3

Providence teen volunteer ministry summer 2019

The Sisters of Providence invite all high school and middle school aged students to spend some time volunteering with elders at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods this summer. June 3-6 and 10-13, 2019. Bring a smile to someone’s...

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Jun
11

Taizé Prayer Service

Slow down and unplug at this hour-long service that began in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France.  Each service includes prayer, simple beautiful music, a time for silence and inspirational readings.  Songs are sung many times over...

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Visit the Woods

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Organic gardening, fiber arts, and alpacas

Social justice

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