White Violet Center Blog
I really love yarn. Seriously, I REALY LOOOOOOOVE yarn. I love it so much that I have 155 different kinds and colors measuring 22 miles in my stash and I won’t even hesitate to acquire more.
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.
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.
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.
When I first moved to White Violet Center for my internship, I was so nervous. I’ve never been away from home, and never lived with anyone other than my family. I’ve never lived or worked on a farm, never handled chickens or alpacas, and never met a nun. There were a lot of unknowns, but something drew me to the Woods.
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.
Earlier last year, I decided to make a change in my life. As I told some people that I was quitting my job so I could go work on an alpaca farm for three months I got a lot of confused looks and many, many questions.
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.
With a dramatic outflung hand, Ann points at me and says, “Come with me.” Today it meant learning the arcane art of needle felting. Last week, “come with me” meant holding a chicken in my lap so Dave didn’t have to drive the big white pick-up truck and hold the chicken at the same time. I’m fairly sure he was joking. I hope.
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.
One could easily spend the entire day enjoying Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Sunday, Sept. 24! Let us count the ways.
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!