Tuesday, May 31, 2011

SMW White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

We went to SMW to teach a class in color theory and a class in dyeing protein fibers for the staff and volunteers of the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.   They have a wonderful alpaca breeding and fiber program.

We stayed in their straw bale retreat house, which was not far from where they keep their alpaca boys.

The boys are out off the main roads of campus, so they don't get as much company as the girls do.   They loved K2.

White Violet believes in all kinds of sustainable living.   They grow a lot of organic food for the SMW kitchens and to sell at the local farmers' markets.   

They have a lovely old greenshouse.   Alas, it will be with us for not much longer since the heating system is kaput.   They'll be getting a new one soon.
This is where K2 found that fabulous rose.
and she made friends with the greenhouse cat, Scruffy.
Behind the greenhouse is a lovely little contemplative garden with a fish pond, lights and a bench.  It's cool and green and shady.


  1. Beautiful place!

    My scarf came today. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love the colors and the softness and the sparkle and the craftsmanship is wonderful. Looking forward to wearing it and feel so lucky to have it.

  2. Pat - You're so welcome! I'm glad you like it. It'll get softer the more you wear it.

  3. Loved the photos in this article again! Those alpacas are so darn cute,they look almost as if they are wearing leg warmers! What was the straw bale house like? I have been interested in one of those for years now and would love to build one in the future, they just sound so very interesting. Now I am going to show my ignorance..what is SMW short for?


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