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Alpaca Shearing 2020

By Mary Riley | June 24, 2020 |

After a postponement of nearly two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, White Violet Center alpacas finally got sheared on Saturday, June 20. The herd were all quite ready to…

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Providence Raphael Anthony “Tony”

By Mary Riley | May 14, 2020 |

Enjoy these photos of Providence Raphael Anthony (Tony) the son of  Theodora (Dora) and Jubilee. Tony was born Sunday afternoon, April 26 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sisters of…

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Congregation names new alpaca Providence Raphael Anthony

By Jason Moon | May 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Congregation names new alpaca Providence Raphael Anthony

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, recently welcomed a new addition to its alpaca herd, Providence Raphael Anthony. Providence Raphael Anthony, “Tony” for short, was given this name…

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‘It was 20 years ago today …’

By Jason Moon | March 3, 2020 |

‘We were attracted to the combination of faith, justice, and environmental sustainability WVC and the Sisters of Providence offered.’

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Fall Farm Day 2019

By Casey Kellum | October 1, 2019 |
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WVC welcomes four new arrivals!

By Jason Moon | July 11, 2019 | Comments Off on WVC welcomes four new arrivals!

“All four of them are growing like weeds …”

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Memories of Providence Brittany (RIP)

By Jason Moon | October 26, 2018 |

‘She was a perfect beginning animal for us to make our early mistakes in raising alpacas’

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Fall in love with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

By Mary Riley | September 18, 2018 |

It’s hard to pick a favorite season to visit Saint Mary-of-the-Woods – but fall is really spectacular. The foliage is changing from its’ summer greens to an array of brilliant…

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White Violet Center: Meet our new crop of interns

By Sister Mary Montgomery | September 17, 2018 |

The team at White Violet Center is pleased to welcome our new interns. These five ladies play a vital role in our daily farm operations. They work in the organic…

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Alpacas at the library, food justice and bread

By Cheryl Casselman | March 16, 2018 |

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.

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

By Cheryl Casselman | 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.

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Final intern projects are from the heart

By Cheryl Casselman | 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.

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An important part of our sustainable agriculture program is our alpaca herd. Alpacas are wonderful animals that are full of personality. They are valued for their fiber which is warmer than wool, water resistant, hypoallergenic and very soft. Each spring our alpacas are sheared and the best of the fiber is spun into yarn. It is then knitted and crocheted into scarves, hats, and other garments. These items are then sold at Linden Leaf Gifts and The Farm Store at White Violet. We also mix their manure with leaves and kitchen scraps and use it to enrich the soil in our garden. Each year our alpacas get thousands of visitors. We also have an Adopt an Alpaca program which makes a great gift for all animal lovers.

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