White Violet Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
1 Sisters of Providence
St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana, 47876

Primary Contact: Sister Mary Montgomery, SP
Primary Phone:
    Number: 8125352932
    Email: internswvc@spsmw.org

Website: https://spsmw.org/get-involved/internships/

Internship information
General Farm Description: White Violet Farm is located at beautiful Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, 80 miles west of Indianapolis. Our farm, which grows a variety of crops, is USDA certified organic. We have two high tunnels, two greenhouses, an apple orchard, berry patch and a classified forest. We also have a herd of alpacas and a flock chickens. We also have a thriving flower operation. WVC is a teaching farm. Our winter/spring internship is 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. If you’re interested in learning about fiber arts then winter is the best time to intern on the farm. While there is always plenty of garden work that needs to be done year round, the colder weather does give us more time to focus on fiber arts. The farm is part of the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence. Established in 1996, WVC 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: Jan. 10, 2022
Internship Ends: May 6, 2022
Number of Internship Available: Up to 8
Application Deadline: Nov. 19, 2021
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months

Internship Details:

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC) is looking for interns for our WINTER/SPRING 2022 cohort. (We also have other seasonal internship opportunities as well as individual internships for up to one year.)
Interns work approximately 35-45 hours per week, five days a week including some weekends. Responsibilities for our WINTER/SPRING 2022 cohort include:
• Plant, mulch, weed, and other seasonal farm tasks
• Harvest, clean and pack seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs, berries and flowers
• Feed and care for alpacas and chickens
• Gather, clean and process eggs
• Maintain coops, barns and pastures
• Learn the different aspects of fiber which include skirting, carding, dyeing, knitting, spinning, weaving, crocheting and felting
• Use your skills to create fiber products
• Work in our store and assist at the farmers market
• Partake in weekly extracurricular enrichment activities
• Participate in field trips and educational seminars
• Present a project of your choice at the end of your experience

Educational Opportunities: Internship may qualify for independent study

Skills Desired: 18 years old by Jan. 10, 2022 Willingness to learn and the ability to self-direct. Physically fit, capable of lifting heavy items, and able to use basic tools such as a shovel and wheelbarrow Prepared to work in a variety of weather conditions Previous experience with animals is helpful but not necessary to apply

Meals: Interns are provided one meal of their choice per day from the dining hall. However, most interns opt to receive their food allowance as part of their stipend. Seasonal produce and eggs from the farm are free. Interns may cook in the kitchen in Marian Hall. They also have access to one at the Center.

Stipend: We offer a monthly stipend.

Housing: Marian Hall is a private house just steps away from the WVC. Each intern is 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.

Preferred method of Contact: email