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About Cheryl Casselman


I have been a marketing manager for the Sisters of Providence since 1997. I attended St. Ann Elementary School in Indianapolis where Sister Regina Verdeyan was the principal and Sister Florence O'Connor was in the library. I'm a graduate of Indiana State University with a communications degree. Past employment includes Nuvo Newsweekly, Tribune Star, and Sullivan Daily Times.

I blog about:

eco-justice, sustainability and green and simple living.

Outside interests:

I own a photography business in which I photograph weddings and outdoor portraits part-time. I enjoy being pool side in the summer and at the movie theater in the winter.

My hobbies are:

working in the yard, fitness walking and hiking, baking and photography..

You can reach Cheryl at, on LinkedIn and Facebook, and @ccmarcom on Twitter.


Recent Posts by Cheryl Casselman

Breathing time on this organic farm

Blog Post | Posted on January 24, 2018

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. Continue reading

An exercise in bread baking

Blog Post | Posted on January 9, 2018

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. Continue reading

Thank you for making amazing experiences possible

Blog Post | Posted on September 13, 2017

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. Continue reading

Sustainable living: beyond the basics

Feature | Posted on September 12, 2017

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

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

Blog Post | Posted on September 10, 2017

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

Harvest Hootenanny Oct. 7

Blog Post | Posted on September 6, 2017

About a month from now, we’ll be setting up rows of straw bales for seating, brushing off the flatbed trailer for the bands and stringing lights in the organic gardens at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for the 2017 Harvest Hootenanny!
It’s Saturday, Oct. 7! Continue reading

A little bit of Texas at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Blog Post | Posted on August 16, 2017

Even though there aren’t as many Sisters of Providence educating in the classroom as previous decades, the sisters provide an exceptional outdoor classroom where interns are immersed in learning about sustainable agriculture at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.
Today, Elaine Haby, of Hondo, Texas, completes her three-month internship at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence. Continue reading

Final intern projects are from the heart

Blog Post | Posted on August 9, 2017

Two interns at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice presented their final projects yesterday. Both projects came from the heart.

Internship opportunities can be anywhere from three months to 12 months and each intern completes a project of their choosing before they leave. Each project is as individual as each intern. They are always amazing and come with great stories of lessons learned. Continue reading

New White Violet Center internship program coordinator

Blog Post | Posted on August 1, 2017

The new internship program coordinator at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, knows the ministry well. Continue reading

Making it easier to get farm fresh produce and more

Blog Post | Posted on July 25, 2017

Having fresh, organic vegetables grown at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods just got easier with the opening of the farm store at White Violet Center. Continue reading

Rainy day on and off the farm

Blog Post | Posted on July 12, 2017

Tuesday was a rainy day in Vigo County, Indiana, but it didn’t mean everyone at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice organic farm was sitting around twiddling their thumbs. Continue reading

Sustainable farm living and learning

White Violet Center Blog Post | Posted on July 6, 2017

Interns from New Jersey, Texas, Chicago, California, Louisiana and Indiana living and learning at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice this summer. Continue reading

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