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.
Over the recent two day retreat, Acharya Arumuganathaswami, Natyam Nandinatha, Natyam Jayanatha and our hired worker Doug, all worked to plant 288 new Noni trees in our field on the other side of the Wailua River. We currently have over 700 trees already grown and producing fruit. The soil of this new field has been properly ripped by a huge bulldozer to break up a hardpan left from 100 years of sugar planting which was stunting the trees. Hopefully this will ensure healthier growth for this new set of trees.
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