More and more, our new greenhouse is taking shape. With the main metal supports and cross beams in place, smaller pieces that account for the roof and top vent are being added.
As mentioned last week, the construction of the monastery's new greenhouse is currently underway. While there to see the progress, we captured some imagery of the production in the current green houses, which includes many greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and more.
Recently our monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam have been making progress on the creation of the Aadheenam's next large greenhouse. This greenhouse is rated for higher winds and is being constructed and laid out with the wisdom gained from building and operating our initial greenhouse. A few days ago the team worked to install these main support beams on the foundation. Soon the monastery will have the space it needs to produce crops with longer growing times, along with the regular production of many greens and, of course, bright red tomatoes! Jai Ganesha!
Today was Ashram Sadhana day, a day where all the monks come together to clean and tidy up the Aadheenam. A few monks did some fence repair for our cows pasture, and the whole herd came over to say hello.
Recently, the monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam all took a day-trip to Hawaii's Big Island in order to visit Kawamata Farms, who are successful owners and operators of a large greenhouse operation. Our monks have gone to learn some of their tips and tricks for growing vegetables in Hawaii.
One of the things that Yoginathaswami and Dayanatha learned at their hydroponic tomato class in Arizona, was that you can't keep old tomato plants as long as we were keeping them, without a drastic reduction in crop production. After a certain amount of time it is prudent to remove the old plants and start new ones. So recently the team gathered in the greenhouse and did just that.
Photos from our team in Tucson, Arizona. Sannyasin Yoginathaswami and Natyam Dayanatha are there to learn more about hydroponic crop production.
Several days ago Sannyasin Yoginathaswami and Natyam Dayanatha flew to Arizona for a week-long seminar all about hydroponic crop productions, with an emphasis on tomato growing. The two touched down in Tucson after a pleasant flight and soon found that the weather in Tucson in January is very different from Kauai. Thankfully they were prepared for the freezing conditions. Their classes began with an immense amount of expert knowledge from the University about tomato growing, giving many insights into what we can do better in our own green houses. It's just the beginning, but this has already proven to be a wonderfully successful and useful trip. Aum Namah Sivaya.
Some images of our monastery hydroponic greenhouse. Everyday the Siddhidatta Kulam brings in greens and vegetables to be used for cooking. Here was are able to grow many things that we can't grow outside due to too much rain or insects. Things like tomatoes, cucumbers and softer lettuce varieties such as butter lettuce now grow in abundance. Aum Namah Sivaya
On November 19, 2018, a new arrival came to the monastery. His name is Dev, the bull.
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