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.
The monks of the Siddhidatta kulam recently harvested the bed of ginger that had been growing in the nakshatra garden. That is our herb garden just next to the kitchen. The amount of ginger root that was produced was quite extraordinary, filling one whole cart. The monks now have a surplus that can be used for just about anything, from daily meals and chutneys, to healing tea's and juices. Ginger has long been used as a healing tonic and has many beneficial qualities. It has been shown to treat nausea, reduce muscle pain and soreness, reduce inflammation and help with Osteoarthritis, fight infection, lower blood sugar and improve heart health, treat chronic indigestion and lower cholesterol levels. It contains 6-gingeral, a substance which been shown to be effective against certain types of cancer cells, and it is also loaded with antioxidants which help to improve brain function.
On the 19-acre parcel the monastery acquired several years ago, referred to as "Siva Pannai" there is a huge stand of full-grown palms. These were planted by the previous owner who was a nursery professional from Arkansas, as an investment. The economy and subsequent development on the island has been very quiet, so these specimen trees, which would provide instant landscaping for some big hotel or estate, have remained with us for years. So some of these are now being moved to the Iraivan area, both giant beautiful Royal palms and Foxtail palms. Stay tuned for more pictures in the days heads.
Recently the monks took quadcopter footage of our organic garden. Starting with the gardens Ganesha, we go up and up and up into the air and see ginger, eggplant, flowers, pumpkins, cheyote, okra, beans and more. Enjoy!
Since the monastery had such a large group of volunteers, we decided to make a noni harvest! In order to get enough noni to ship and bottle, a crew must go out and harvest once a week for five weeks. Thats about 12,000 lbs of noni.
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