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.

Tomaszewski_Dawn

“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.

Learn more

Internships

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

Learn more

Alpacas & fiber

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

Learn more

Land ethic

This is a blueprint of how we balance the needs of people and land.
Learn more

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.

Learn more

Alpaca items

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

Learn more
Alena-Ruman-head-shot-800x

“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

First-ever virtual Come and See weekend retreat

October 23 at 7:00 pm - October 24 at 2:00 pm EDT

Tune in virtually by Zoom to learn what the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods have to offer during Come and See retreat for single, Catholic women ages 18-42, Oct. 23-24, 2020 .

Read More
Oct
8

Art & Soul Creation Guild

Become a member of the Art & Soul Creation Guild which is open to all who have a love of art and a desire to charge up their creativity regardless of art expertise. September and October sessions will be held at The Lodge, nice and spacious inside and outside setting.

Read more...
Oct
8

Make a seasonal wreath virtual workshop

Dress up your door and join us for this virtual hands-on workshop where you’ll make a seasonal wreath out of flowers and other natural materials from our White Violet Center farm. How will this work,…

Read more...
Oct
11

Coffee with the Mystics

Join us as Sister Jan Craven will lead us explore the thoughts and prayers of St. Catherine of Siena in the October session. You are welcome to join us virtually!

Read more...

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