Here are a few pictures to enjoy from the Aadheenam's vegetable garden.
Each year Kauai holds its local farm fair, and each year the monastery participates in its own small way. This year the monks were asked to give the opening blessing for the 3 day event. Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Sannyasin Yoginathaswami attended. Following a short blessing, which included chanting and reading of quotes from the Tirukkural about farming, the monks presented Roy Oyama and his family with shawls. Roy was being honored at this year's fair for his vast contributions to Kauai's farming community. We also had our Wailua River Noni Juice on display at the Kauai Grown booth which only carries locally produced products.
Wherever it may wander, the world follows the farmer’s plow. Thus despite all its hardships, farming is the foremost occupation.
Farmers are the linchpin of the world, for they support all who take up other work, not having the strength to plow.
Those who live by the plow live in self-sufficiency. All others lean on them to simply subsist.
Those whose fields lie shaded by abundant sheaves of grain will see many nations overshadowed by their own.
Those who eat food harvested with their own hands will never beg and never refuse a beggar’s outstretched palm.
When plowers of the fields stand idly with folded arms, even desireless ascetics will not last long.
Recently the monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam, who are responsible for our monastery grounds, maintenance and food and vegetable growing, set out to plant a total of 83 fruit trees. They are planting mainly avocado trees. The avocado trees include many different varieties which all bloom at different times of year. In theory, this will provide us with fruiting avocados year-round. The planting also included citrus trees such as oranges and lemons, as well as sapote, peanut butter fruit trees and mangosteen. These trees will provide us with plenty of fruits for the monks and for temple offerings.
The NRCS had an inspection today at our land across the river that we call Himalayan Acres. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the primary federal agency that works with private landowners to help them conserve, maintain and improve their natural resources. The Agency emphasizes voluntary, science-based conservation; technical assistance; partnerships; incentive-based programs; and cooperative problem solving at the community level.
Across the river at Himalayan Acres, our recent hardwood plantings are growing steadily. As you may remember the whole monastery teamed up several months ago to get these little trees in the ground. They are mostly Koa trees, with Sandalwood interspersed among them. Because it can get rather windy here, each seedling has received a blue sleeve which will keep them protected. They also each have a square weed mat around them. This will ensure that they to not get overcome by the area's tenacious guinea grass.
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