Contact informationFarm Address:
1 Sisters of Providence
St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana , 47876
Primary Contact: Mary Montgomery
Secondary Contact: Lorrie Heber
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence since 1996, is teaching, caring, inspiring for all creation. At White Violet Center, you’ll find a farm store, alpacas, chickens, bees, USDA certified organic gardens with two high tunnels and two greenhouses, an orchard, a berry patch, and a classified forest. 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.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: We accept interns anytime provided there are open spots.
Internship Ends: Up to one year from start date
Number of Internship Available: up to 8
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year round
Minimum Length of Stay: A minimum commitment of 3 months with a maximum of one year.
As an intern at WVC you’ll learn about the food supply chain, sustainability and eco-justice. Under the direction of our garden manager, you’ll learn what it takes to run a small USDA certified organic farm – planning, planting, nurturing, harvesting, and selling. You’ll learn how we make value-added products in our commercial kitchen, where we use methods such as dehydrating, fermenting and pickling. You’ll also work with our alpacas and chickens. You’ll train how to handle and interact with our alpacas. Starting in the late fall and through the winter, when life on the farm naturally shifts away from the garden, you’ll get to work on the different aspects of fiber arts – skirting, weaving, spinning, dyeing and more.
Specific duties vary depending on the time of the year, but will largely revolve around regular small farm operations. Think feeding and caring for animals, cleaning out barns and pastures, cleaning alpaca fiber, gathering and cleaning eggs, harvesting, cleaning and packing veggies for farmers market and our Farm Share Program, laying mulch, planting, weeding, seeding, and other garden tasks. You’ll also work in The Farm Store.
Educational Opportunities: Internships may qualify for independent study. You’ll be included in monthly staff meetings as well as participate in field trips, educational seminars, and extracurricular enrichment activities (e.g., regional farming conferences) that may arise. At the end of your internship you’ll present a project of your choice.
Skills Desired: You must be 18 years old to apply. You should be physically fit, capable of lifting heavy items, and able to use basic tools such as a shovel and wheelbarrow. You should be prepared to work in a variety of weather conditions. You’ll also be working with animals so previous experience is helpful but not necessary to apply. Most importantly you must have a willingness to learn and the ability to self-direct. We welcome people of all faith traditions (or none!), ethnicities, backgrounds, socio-economic demographics, sexual and gender orientations.
Meals: Interns receive one daily meal of their choice in Providence Hall Dining Room, seven days a week. Vegan and vegetarian options are available. Seasonal produce from the garden and eggs are provided.
Stipend: Interns receive a monthly stipend of $150.
Housing: WVC interns are provided with a furnished, private room in a fully furnished house located steps away from White Violet Center, Farm Store, the barns and gardens. The house is shared with up to seven other interns. There is a fully outfitted kitchen, three bathrooms, living room, dining room, free Wi-Fi, washer, dryer, parking, heat and air conditioning. Household items such as laundry soap and cleaning supplies are included.
Preferred method of Contact: email