After months of toiling and research, Acharya Arumuganathaswami was ready to test out his recently-crafted barrell washer. Our method of cleaning the freshly harvested fruit heretofore was entirely manual. While effective, it isn't entirely the most efficient. Automating some of that process will aid in the overall production.
This past retreat, father and son duo Nagarajan and Divyesh Pillai joined some of our monks on a noni harvest. Acharya Arumuganathaswami along with Natyams Nandinatha, Rajanatha, and Jayanatha made up a full group of six and managed to pick just over 1,800 pounds (820 kg) of the magical medicinal fruit. This fruit will eventually become noni juice and serve as the highly beneficial organic elixir sold by the monastery.
Recently the Siddhidata Kulam planted 62 papaya trees on land that was recently dug up by machines and made smoother for ease of mowing. Thankfully they snapped some photos along the way.
Our Siddhidata Kulam has mastered many aspects of organic gardening. Much depends on finding the right species and seed for plants that work in our environment. Through the years they have worked hard on uncovering the secrets of growing papayas at our location, saving seed from the biggest, fittest and most disease resistant varieties. The papaya you see above is almost two feet long and had a rich red-orange flesh inside. Rich in vitamin C and beta carotene and digestive enzymes. When it landed at the breakfast counter, the monks were in awe upon seeing this papaya. "Let's take a picture for TAKA!" Of course Lord Siva and the devas do most of the work. Thank you!
This seems to be the month of new trees. Just recently, many noni trees were planted on Himalayan Acres and just over the last few days the monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam planted 57 new fruit trees on our Siva Pannai land. It's been dry, so after planting, these little trees have been receiving plenty of watering. Some of the trees include, lemons, limes, avocado and durian.
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