What would inspire a pharmacy tech from Laporte, Indiana to trade in her lab coat and computer for a rake and manure shovel? For Erin Barnett, it’s all about the animals. “I really enjoy learning about and spending time with the alpacas,” she says. Continue reading
At White Violet Center, people come from near and far and for a myriad of reasons to spend time living and learning in our neck of “the Woods.” This spring we’re excited to welcome four new interns and one AmeriCorps volunteer who will be with us through the summer and beyond. Continue reading
“A picture is worth ten thousand words.” -Frederick R. Barnard
I invite you to take a look back on my journey during the past year as an intern at White Violet Center. Through photographs, I hope to give you a glimpse of an experience that has provided me with so much richness and happiness. Continue reading
I have experienced all four seasons more intimately than ever before. The wonderful smell of freshly dug soil in spring. The cleansing feeling of summer rain pouring down on me and washing away the sweat and heat of the day. The beauty of watching the colorful dance between the autumn breeze and the woods that surround the farmland. Even the unsympathetic gazes from the alpacas as the brutal cold and wind of winter leave me frozen while leaving them unmoved. Alas, my beard has proven to be a disappointing substitute for alpaca fiber. Continue reading
A farm internship in rural Indiana might seem an unlikely choice for someone who studied literature, linguistics and art criticism, but after getting her master’s degree, Yiran was still looking for something hands-on and tangible. “I felt my majors made me talk too much about aloof topics, and I was not grounded in the real world.” Now she finds herself cozying up to some fuzzy and feathered creatures.
“Last week I put back two hens and a rooster who did not get into the chicken coop in time. I felt I had rescued lives and that my job is so important!” she said. Continue reading
White Violet Center intern, Laura Gallagher, shares her joy of discovering quirky garden fare: “Harvesting was like going through a child’s coloring book where potatoes were blue, carrots came in purple, and chard greens were held aloft by ruby-colored stalks. And, of course, as happens with any enthusiastically colored picture, there was some coloring outside of the lines. Some carrots came out with twists and bumps, a few squash grew together off the same vine, and we dug up scores of funnily shaped sweet potatoes.” Continue reading