Saturday, July 28, 2007

Remove the Mud Campaign Finished

Because the location where we needed to pour concrete was inacessable to the concrete trucks, we had to hire a boom-pump truck. With its boom fully extended it could reach a hundred and ten feet.

We hired a local concrete contractor to help with the pour. We had hired them before and they enjoyed doing this job because of the unique nature of the project.

Halfway through the project and still going strong.

Bhima wouuld like to come into the barn and help with the pouring of the concrete. However we have a full crew for this job and Bhima doesn't have his rubber boots with him.

76 1/2 yards of concrete later and the job is finished.

"Ah, now I can come up the ramp and get back into the barn. Thanks guys, you did a good job!" Bhima exclaims.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Remove the Mud Campaign a Success

New Vrindavan crew working on the fence line

Thanks to all our donors and volunteers for the improvement of the barn at the ISCOWP farm. When the ISCOWP farm was acquired in 1996, the property looked quite different than it does today.

Original barn in 1996

Barn now in 2007

The Remove the Mud Campaign has done what it set out to do-remove the deep mud in the barn area. Because there was very little in the way of a cement floor, deep mud and pot holes prevailed. Most of the barn area under roof has been cemented including around the silo. This week we will cement the 20 foot area from the new fence line to the second line of poles that runs horizontal to the barn. June 19 we started excavating this area and it is now ready. There is more about that part of the project here Update Letter

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ummm Good!

"My friends and I rotate between two pastures on the ISCOWP farm to give each pasture some time to rejuvenate. Today, we moved to the other pasture. I must say that the grass on the other side of the fence looked a lot better than the rest of the pasture. I had to tell everyone else and they joined me in a scrumptious lunch. Maybe it is greener on the other side of the fence!" said Gita, now the King of the Herd.