Transform yourself and transform the world

at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC), Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, near Terre Haute.

At White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, you’ll find 320 acres of forestland, a 5-acre organic garden, a 2-acre orchard, berries, about 150 laying chickens, and a herd of about 40 alpacas.

Intern Mallory Uchalik helped out at Christmas Fun at the Woods

“I really enjoyed how educational the experience was. I’ve worked on farms before, but nothing has ever been quite this immersive. I feel like I’ve been surrounded by more knowledge and more dirt than I have in a long while.”

Mallory Uchalik

Royal Oak, Michigan, former White Violet Center for Eco-Justice intern
Harvesting lettuce in February inside one of the high tunnels at White Violet Center.

“We love it. We’re exhausted at the end of the day, physically, but mentally invigorated.”

John Michael Elmore

a native of Terre Haute, former White Violet Center for Eco-Justice intern

It’s all very hands-on.

Expect to work outdoors for hours at a time planting, harvesting and weeding in the certified organic garden and in the barn and pastures caring for the alpacas and/or with the alpaca fiber.

Internships are designed to be customizable to your own goals,

within the boundaries of what we offer at White Violet Center. Interns can expect to work in all three areas of livestock, certified organic garden and fiber arts projects. See general internship details.

Organic gardening

Get knee-deep in vegetables and fruit. Discover what it takes to run a small USDA certified organic farm — planning, planting, nurturing, harvesting, and selling.

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Alpaca/animal husbandry

Participate in the day-to-day work of maintaining pastures and supplying for nutritional needs of alpacas and chickens.

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Fiber arts

Fiber arts abound in the winter months and on rainy days — felting, spinning, weaving, knitting, skirting, and dyeing.

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WVC intern Destiny James prepares vegetables for customers.

“I think it’s important, before we ever cook food, to know where it comes from.”

Destiny James

Miami, Florida, former White Violet Center for Eco-Justice intern
Intern Sadie Laing gives Brittany medicine

“I came in here thinking the arts are undervalued. I really regained a purpose here. It’s been a really valuable experience for me.”

Sadie Laing

former White Violet Center for Eco-Justice intern

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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.

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Thank you for your interest in an internship with us!  Do you have more questions about being an intern at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice? Please complete the form here and someone from the program will contact you.

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