Siddhidata Kulam Garden And Water Activity

When Gurudeva made Sannyasin Yoginathaswami the Talaivar of the Siddhidata Kulam, two of the commissions Gurudeva gave him were to make a "no tractor" garden and also to keep our water streams flowing. Anna Purna garden is composed of an enclosed area with raised beds surround by fruit trees. The team recently added another 12 beds to the garden. We also we up to inspect the reservoir yesterday, which feeds our stream and also vents into the Wailua River just about 1/4 of a mile above Iraivan.

Here is a recent Siddhidata Kulam harvest report from the last week of May. Just imagine what it would cost to buy all this! And this does not include the fruit harvest of Bananas, Papayas, Chiku and others

Vegetable# PoundsDate
Beans 14 5/23/2014
Eggplant Purple 8 5/23/2014
Eggplant White 4 5/23/2014
SuSu 49 5/23/2014
Kale Curley 10 5/23/2014
Green Papaya 19 5/23/2014
Kang Kong 6 5/23/2014
Lettuce 4 5/23/2014
Fern 12 5/24/2014
Swisschard 8 5/24/2014
lettuce 4 5/24/2014
Cooking Banana 28 5/24/2014
Eggplant Purple 4 5/26/2014
Eggplant White 2 5/26/2014
Gourds 4 5/26/2014
Pakwan 9 5/26/2014
Cabbage 11 5/26/2014
Susu 26 5/26/2014
Beans 5 5/26/2014

An Organic Certified Noni Harvest

Over the retreat, some of the monks went over to Himalayan Acres, our agricultural land across the river. The small group made their way to the noni field where thousands of pounds of noni fruit were ready for harvest. Noni has long been prized as a medicinal plant by the native Hawaiians and other cultures. After the fruit was harvested, it was brought back to the monastery to be washed and stored in barrels for fermentation. The fruit will sit for another 40 days before it is ready to be juiced. Eventually we plan to produce enough juice to be sold. Many monks at the monastery drink a few table spoons of noni juice every day.

Noni juice is extremely healthy, treating everything from pain and high cholesterol to stroke damage, cancer and much more.

In one study scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture found one of the secrets to Noni's amazing health building power. It is endowed with a greater number and variety of health giving phytochemicals than just about any plant known.

The power of phytochemicals to promote good health and control cancer is so impressive that the University of Illinois has created a whole new department with 63 scientists and professors to specialize in phytochemical research. Senior Science Advisor to the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. D.L. Davis states, "Phytochemicals can take tumors and defuse them. They can turn off the proliferative process of cancer." Based on clinical practice and numerous animal studies, it is widely believed that the polysaccharide-rich substances found in Noni fruit juice attack abnormal cells and abnormal growths by stimulating the body's immune system. In animal cancer studies, Noni juice treatments reduced the formation of abnormal cells in the heart, lungs, liver, and kidney and prolonged the life span of mice by more than 75%.

Here is a list of medicinal properties taken from nonialoha.com
Phytonutrients: Natural chemicals found in Noni juice that provide nourishment to cells, tissues, and organs, fight free radicals, ward off disease, and may even reverse the effects of aging and pollution. They are also believed to block the processes that lead to cancer. Learn more...

Polysaccharides: Important compounds that stimulate and modulate the immune system and its response to cancer. Profoundly influences anti-cancer activity on the molecular level.

Selenium: An important anti-oxidant and trace element found in Noni juice that preserves the skin's elasticity, thus slowing the aging process. Selenium also increases oxygen flow to the heart and may prevent blood clotting and hypertension.

Anthraquinones (Damnacanthol): Important antiseptic and anti-bacterial plant chemicals found in Noni juice. They have been shown in laboratory tests to kill pre-cancer cells, Lewis Lung carcinoma, and prevent DNA damage. It stimulates the immune response to cancer by activating the body's T-cells, or "Cancer Killers." T-cells are extremely important for people suffering from cancer, AIDS, or other diseases which compromise the body's immune systems.

Glycosides: Newly discovered compounds that prevent cancer and scavenge free radicals.

Scopoletin: A little-known, but hard-working chemical component of Noni juice with many wonderful health benefits. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. It regulates serotonin, the body's "feel-good" hormone, which helps to ward off feelings of anxiety and depression, and may be why people who drink Noni juice often experience a sense of well-being. It is a vasodilator and lowers blood pressure. It binds to melatonin and helps to regulate sleep, hunger, and body temperature. As if all these were not enough, scopoletin is also an analgesic.

Terpene: Rejuvenates cells and rids the body of toxins.

Limonene: A bitter cancer-fighting compound commonly found in Noni juice and citrus fruits.

Adaptogen: An adaptogen is a substance that has a global balancing effect on all body systems. There are only 12 known adaptogens; of these 12, Noni Juice is said to be the "premiere" adaptogen.

Alkalinity: Tissues degrade and disease thrives in an acidic environment. Noni Juice promotes an alkaline body chemistry, the optimal state for good health.

Anti-Oxidant: Anti-oxidants, such as green tea, pycnogenol, and vitamin C, among others, are important in neutralizing "free radicals", or particles that cause DNA damage that can lead to cancer. Noni Juice has recently been found to be the most effective of all known anti-oxidants.

Low Glycemic Index: A 3:1 ratio of carbohydates to fiber in Noni Juice helps balance blood sugar levels.

Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory, and Selective Cox II Inhibitor: Unlike typical pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, Noni Juice decreases pain and inflammation while protecting stomach, kidney, and liver cells.

Humectant: As a humectant, Noni Juice helps tissues retain moisture.

Immuno-modulator: Noni Juice intelligently supports the immune system, not just by boosting it, but by regulating it to suppress the allergic and auto-allergic responses.

So make sure to drink your daily dose of noni juice!

Garden Produce

We keep a record of the weight of our garden harvests and how much we use. Our daily monastic consumption of vegetables has been increasing while the consumption of rice and other starches and carbohydrates has decreased. We find that often people who eat a lot of processed food and starches will not appreciate the taste of the vegetables, but as they switch over to eating fresh vegetables the more they discover and appreciate the rich taste.


This Day's Harvest:
Swiss chard 16 lbs
Green beans 16 lbs
Chaote 39 lbs
Purple long eggplant 48
White eggplant 9
Luffa gourds 8
Kang kong  6 lbs
Pakwan 9 lbs
Broccoli 2 lbs
Cabbage 10 lbs

Creating New Garden Beds

Over the past few weeks the Siddhidata Kulam has been working to create forms for the twelve new garden beds which are being added to the monastery's vegetable garden. The wooden forms are almost finished, which will allow for one big cement pour. Making it all happen in just one pour will allow a truck load to be ordered, saving the kulam countless hours of hand-mixing cement. Once the beds are finished, they'll have the potential of increasing the garden's production by roughly 20% or 30%.

Garden Day

For one day every phase, the Siddhidata Kulam spends their time in the Monastery's gardens. They've worked out a wonderfully thorough system, by which they plan ahead and keep track of all the garden beds, making what could be a very difficult job, much easier and efficient. Though the rain on this garden day made for a soaked morning for the monks, the plants sure loved it. The Garden provides all of the monastery's vegetables, all organic and all picked fresh, just hours before they are cooked.

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