Alpaca at White Violet Farm

Gardeners at White Violet Farm
picking vegetables for CSA pick-up day

Elizabeth exploring the bioregion at St-Mary-of-the-Woods

Swimming in St. Joseph’s Pond

The Sisters of Providence
at St.-Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana,
have been operating
White Violet Center for Eco Justice
for a long time now.
Green Connections board members Elizabeth Box Price
and Mary Moloney (who is a Sister of Providence)
and I have come here to visit and learn
from women who grow food
(and have a community supported agriculture—CSA—
who raise alpacas and produce fiber arts,
who teach the interdependence of the universe
and care with Earth
and advocate for ecological justice.
And they aren’t the only ones
teaching us.
We will join about 100 women
attending the Sisters of Earth conference this weekend.
Sisters of Earth is a network of women who:
“share a deep concern for the ecological and spiritual crises of our times and who wish to support one another in work toward healing the human spirit and restoring the Earth’s life support systems.”
It is a privilege
to be in the presence of
and learn from others
who have for a long time
been doing the good work
of facing the challenges of living sustainably.
Their commitment comes out of a deep understanding
of the interdependence of all of life,
the realization that humans are not the center of the universe
and an awareness of our critical responsibility
to learn Earth’s systems and how to live so that all may thrive.