The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are a community of vowed Catholic women religious. Inspired by our foundress Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, we are passionate about our lives of prayer, education, service and advocacy.
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White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence located at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, promotes hope and healing for Earth through education and modeling care for all creation. The photo album here shows a sampling of how the ministry carries out this vision.
The Sisters of Providence lease their 300 acres of state-certified organic cropland to a local organic farmer who does the planting and harvesting.
This salve is one of several natural products made by Robyn Morton, associate director of White Violet Center. Learn basic herbal techniques from her at her next workshop from 1-5 p.m. on May 30, 2015.
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.
Candace Minster, garden manager and fiber projects coordinator, sells produce, flowers and other products from White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC) at the Terre Haute Downtown Farmers’ Market.
Preschoolers from St. Patrick School in Terre Haute visit the chickens. St. Pat’s also purchases fresh, organically grown vegetables from White Violet Center (WVC) –our first Farm to School program!
Inside White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, participants in Bread Rising, Spirit Raising one-day retreat focus on the Divine.
Ann Testa, summer gardener, delivers White Violet Center tomatoes to local grocery store, Baesler’s Market, last year. WVC hopes to supply more restaurants and grocers in the future.
White Violet Center maintains a small number of beehives and sells honey and lip balm made with beeswax. Bees are a vital part of the organic garden and pesticide-free gardens are vital to the bee population.
Paul worked for the Sisters of Providence for 10 years, first as a Systems Analyst in the Information Technology department and as a photographer/digital media/web developer in the Missions Advancement office. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in electronics technology.
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