The White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence since 1996, is teaching, caring, inspiring for all creation. The Center provides opportunities for participating in creating systems that support justice and sustainability, locally and globally.
Through organic agriculture, eco-justice education and social advocacy, White Violet Center strives to promote an awareness and way of living which support all life. We welcome people of all faith traditions (or none), ethnicities, backgrounds, socio-economic demographics, sexual and gender orientations. White Violet Center for Eco-Justice is located at beautiful Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, 80 miles west of Indianapolis just a few miles off of Interstate 70.
On our certified organic farm we grow a variety of vegetables and flowers which we sell at our local farmers market and in our farm store. We also work with several area food pantries to help get fresh produce and eggs to our food-insecure population.
In addition to our garden we have a flock of egg-laying hens and herd of alpacas that are sheared each year for their luxurious fiber.
We are a teaching farm. Our internships are an immersive, practical experience where you’ll learn firsthand about local agriculture, animal husbandry and fiber arts under the direction of our team of dedicated and caring people. You’ll also work and live side-by-side with other interns from all over the country. We can accommodate up to eight interns at a time.
Skills Desired: This is a working farm. You will get dirty. You will have to lift heavy things. You will encounter bugs that sting and bite. Intern requirements are: Must be 18 years old by the start of the internship. Must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Willingness to learn and the ability to self-direct. Capable of lifting at least 50 lbs. Ability to use basic tools such as a shovel and wheelbarrow. Prepared to work in a variety of extreme weather conditions. Previous experience with animals is helpful but not necessary to apply
Meals: Interns receive a monthly food allowance of $300. Seasonal produce and eggs from the farm are free. Interns may cook in the kitchen in Marian Hall. They also have access to the kitchen at the Center.
Stipend: We offer a monthly stipend of $200.
Housing: Yes. Interns are provided a furnished, private room. The house has eight bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is fully outfitted kitchen, furnished living room and dining area. Laundry is on premises. Household items such as laundry soap and cleaning supplies are provided.