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Sisters and interns: becoming a little bit of each other

“There’s no way either one of us could go without being touched by the other after we’ve come in contact,” Sister Ruth explained. “We become a little bit them and they become a little bit us.”

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Have you visited the Farm Store at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods?

Different seasons bring a variety of organic vegetables to the cooler and counter at the Farm Store. So stop in each time you’re at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to see the produce and more.

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What is White Violet Center all about?

“We understand Providence as God’s care for all of creation. And, so, this loving, Provident God set forth into motion this web of life. And we’re called to be co-creators with that God to sustain and nourish that life.”

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Earth Day Festival & Craft Fair April 28 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

If you haven’t experienced the Earth Day festival at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods you should really do all you can to make it this year — you will not be disappointed!

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Alpacas at the library, food justice and bread

Here are some ways White Violet Center for Eco-Justice staff members and Sisters of Providence are teaching, caring and inspiring for all creation in the upcoming weeks: NAACP Food Justice panel discussion, Vigo County Food Summit, alpacas visiting the library and Providence Health Care, and March for Science.

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Creighton students spend spring break at White Violet Center

For the past seven days, five students from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, immersed themselves in learning more about sustainable living during a one-week service trip to White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

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7 Experiences White Violet Center interns will likely corner

The list of ways interns at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice can transform themselves and transform the world is long and it includes getting dirty. Check out this short list to see if you can relate.

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Breathing time on this organic farm

The small organic farm at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods packs a big punch in the way of educational and service opportunities. In fact, that’s how Ann Testa came to White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. She was an intern and AmeriCorps volunteer before becoming a full-time staff member.
Now she’s training and working alongside interns and volunteers in the USDA certified organic gardens, alpaca pastures, fiber rooms, and kitchen.

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An exercise in bread baking

It’s important to have a spotter in the gym and while climbing a ladder, but how cool would it be to have one in the kitchen?
I’m not talking about replacing the kitchen table with a weight bench — that’s a little extreme to get back on track after the holidays. It’s more about having access to someone knowledgeable as a guide when trying those recipes you wish you had the guts to try.
It calms the nerves when mom or Aunt Cathy are a phone call or text away from answering questions like, “what exactly is a ‘pinch’ of salt?” Mom and Aunt Cathy would be considered kitchen spotters. They’re helping make kitchen experiences more successful.
It’s even better when they’re right beside you as you learn.

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Thank you for making amazing experiences possible

Thank you to all who support the Sisters of Providence so people from all over the world can have meaningful experiences at a USDA certified organic farm in Indiana. I stopped by the orchard and the garden yesterday to get a few pictures that might give you a glimpse of the day-to-day on the farm.

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Sustainable living: beyond the basics

“Shop locally. Consider environment as a whole.” White Violet Center for Eco-Justice interns offer some practical tips.

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Alpaca farm open house Sept. 24, but that’s not all!

One could easily spend the entire day enjoying Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Sunday, Sept. 24! Let us count the ways.

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Cheryl Casselman worked as a marketing manager for the Sisters of Providence for twenty years. She grew up in Camby, Indiana and now lives in Sullivan County, Indiana. She has a bachelor's degree in communications from Indiana State University and master's degree in Leadership Development from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.