Sunday, July 30, 2006

Berries in Abundance

The berries are in abundance this year and at least every other day Chaya devi, my wife, or myself pick for a couple of hours. These are all wild berry bushes and we have 3 or 4 different areas that are good to visit on a rotation basis. I like to pick in the morning when it is still somewhat cool and fresh and the wake up concert from the bird population is in full symphony. Many varieties of birds with so many different songs. Fresh berries for Lord Krsna's breakfast.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Garden is Happening

The garden is happening. We are harvesting Kale, Rainbow Chard, two types of bush beans, Romaine Lettuce, Beets Yukon Gold Potatoes, Spinach, Peppers, and Lemon Cucumbers. Next week should be the start of ripe tomatoes. This year we have four types of tomatoes. Brandywine is a first for us this year as is Double Rich. Both are medium size slicing tomatoes with good flavor. We have an early tomato called Moskovich originating from Siberia. So far there are many green tomatoes with some movement towards red but the weather has been fickle and so goes the ripening of the tomatoes. Our fourth variety is a roma called San Marzano which we like allot and use primarily for canning and drying. This year we have about 300 tomatoes plants in the garden.

Last summer we took orders and delivered vegetables from the garden to 14 families in a five mile radius. This summer we have 20 families who we are delivering vegetables to once a week.

It is so nice to be able to supply friends with first class organic produce with which to nourish their families.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Krsna is the taste of water

Good clean water is one of the most important elements of life. It always brings me joy and gladness to see the cows drinking from thier favorite water tank. This tank is right below the barn complex and holds about 250 gallons of water. In each of the 2 barns there is a 500 gallon cement tank with cool clean water. But the round tank on the way to the barn is by far the over all favorite of the herd.

In the hot months such as July its easy to tell how hot the day will be by what time the cows come into the barn in the morning. This morning the cows were telling me that today is not going to be terribly hot but not so cool either. It was 8:00am and they were already at the tank drinking.

Balaram,the light color ox, is turning into a great soul. A bit of a rascal but very friendly and personable. He and his partner,Krsna, are partially trained to voice commands. By the end of summer I want to have them in the yoke and doing some light service and learning how to walk and pull together.

Ganda is the black ox looking over the tank. He is a veteran worker and is a humble gentleman about 11 years old. Always a pleasure to be around as he always has a positive attitude.

Good friends need good water. I love to see them drink their fill. Good oxen,good water, good day to all.


Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Holistic cow care, not just milk.

In the Vedic times cows were not breed for milk production. Cows were breed for produceing Bulls so that the activities of Agri-culture could be accomplished.

The second reason was for cow dung. Cow dung is called farmers gold as it is such a high quality fertilizer and soil conditioner. It is also used in some Ayurvedic medicines. Dried cow dung is also used for a cooking fuel and fresh cow dung can be used in the production of methan gas.

The third reason was for cow urine which is valuable for Ayurvedic medicines as well as Agri-cultural applications.

The fourth reason was for milk, which was considered as a bye product of breeding for the production of bulls.

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 16 Verse 18

The Personality of Religious Principles, Dharma, was wondering about in the form of a bull. And he met the personality of earth in the form of a cow who appeared to grieve like a mother who had lost her child. She had tears in her eyes, and the beauty of her body was lost. Thus Dharma questioned the earth as follows.


"The bull is the emblem of the moral principle, and the cow is the representative of the earth. When the bull and the cow are in a joyful mood, it is to be understood that the people of the world are also in ajoyful mood. The reason is that the bull helps production of grains in the agricultural field, and the cow delivers milk, the miracle of aggregate food values. The human society therefore, maintains these two important animals very carefully so that they can wander everywhere in cheerfulness. But at the present moment in this age of Kali both the bulland the cow are now being slaughtered and eaten up as foodstuff by a class of men who do not know the brahminical culture......................"

Monday, July 24, 2006

Two of My Best Friends

This is my first blog post. Please let me introduce Krishna and Balaram who are two oxen on our farm. I have begun to train them to be working oxen. Originally they were saved from the slaughterhouse. Friends noticed them at a petting zoo in August 2004 and inquired about them. They were told that the two calves would be sold at auction soon because they were getting too big for the petting zoo. Our friends asked us if we would take them. We said yes if they would financially pay for their upkeep, and they arrived at our farm in September 2004. At our farm we protect cows and oxen for their entire lives.

In this picture Krishna and Balaram are 1 1/2 years old and enjoying the fesh green pastures of Spring on our ISCOWP farm. By the way ISCOWP means the International Society for Cow Protection.