Here are the latest pictures from New Nandagram with more detailed information below:
- & 2. We decided to open a Farm Surplus stand for several reasons. For one, we really do have more plant starts, dairy products and wood working items than we need. We also are interested in introducing neighbors and tourists to our project in hopes that others will be interested in participating. The last two photographs in this slide show are of the brochure we hand out. We also have Srila Prabhupada’s books available. Our first visitors to the stand happened to be from Bangladesh and they were able to experience milking a cow, riding a horse and taking prasadam. We hope to see a lot more of them in the future.
3. Ra Ra has an itchy, scaly rash, possibly from the very wet weather, exacerbated by his nylon collar (removed). I’ve treated it with cow pee and we’ll see how it responds.
4. & 5. Billy alerted me to the presence of a large swarm of honey bees who decided to inhabit an empty topbar hive. They got right to work. This is our second swarm caught passively this year.
6. We take a daily japa walk by Riffe Lake (about a half mile away) and the whole area currently has a beautiful aroma from all the clover.
8. Almost every year I have to raise baby starlings who are pushed out of their nests by cowbirds, a parasite. At first we returned the baby starlings, but soon found that the parasites just pushed them out again. So now I raise them and release them when they’re grown. We have one failure, Snarky, who didn’t want to be a wild bird, so she sings to us inside.
9. Clouds lining up like this are increasingly common, yet I haven’t been able to find examples of such clouds in old paintings. So it might be a fairly new phenomena, perhaps caused by gravity waves or HAARP.
12. I wrote an article about a gardening method that was accepted by Mother Earth News Magazine. It is in the current edition. Basically I lay straw or old hay on the ground and slather it with a slurry made of cow pies. The slurry dries into a hard mat that it almost impenetrable to weeds and holds water, so I basically don’t have to water my outside plots at all. Or weed very much. All thanks to our generous cows and a little garden serendipity.
Help!: Although our cows are currently fat and happy eating lush pasture, we will need to feed them hay for about 150 days this winter when the pasture doesn’t grow. In the future we’re hoping to have a community that works the oxen to harvest hay, but currently we do have to rely on purchasing hay from a local hay farmer. They eat about 6 bales/day (for the herd of 9 cows), so we’re looking at spending close to $5,000 this year to buy hay. Unfortunately our coffers are completely empty and so we’re going to have to rely on Krsna for a miracle to be able to feed the cows this year. I was just reading that Krsna is very kind when he makes an aspiring devotee depend on Him, so Krsna is being especially kind and additionally making us experience the humility of begging. If anyone reading this wants to donate to a legitimate project that is pleasing to Srila Prabhupada, I am confident that our project is in line with Srila Prabhupada’s desires for the 2nd half of his mission. In fact I can’t think of many other projects where devotees are protecting cows, endeavoring to produce their own necessities, striving to start a community and following an unchanged philosophy.
In the First Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, Maharaja Yudhistira asks Arjuna is the cause of his distress is due to being unable to give charity when asked. If you are reading this and are unable to help, this plea was not meant to cause any distress. However if you are reading this and able to help, we truly need it. We do have some plans to sell some assets such as our horse trailer, but we’d prefer to be able to keep the trailer so that if we have to move a large animal in an emergency or want to take oxen to a parade, etc., we’ll be able to do so. The hay will be harvested in the coming weeks and if they can load it directly into our barn the price is much lower than if they have to move it twice.
If you are interested in helping (any amount is appreciated), checks can be sent to: Anuttama Budd, 151 Anderson Rd., Glenoma, WA 98338 or Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, call: 360-496-0058