Eco farming with love
Premaculture is an experimental way of farming based on the sustainable and ecological principles of permaculture. We combine this with the love, devotion and service of the Bhakti movement.
Our vision is to make Radhadesh a self-sustaining model and to raise awareness about the principle of simple living, highly thinking.
A Permaculture project started in Radhadesh
Thibaut is a biology teacher and permaculture farmer from Liège. In February, he came to Radhadesh and set up a 20x20m farm project including a 7x18m greenhouse from his own expenses. This first year has been a pilote year. A large varieties of vegetables, flowers, aromatics and medicinals were planted and a lot of data have been recorded. The results show that we need to duplicate this project at least 7 times to make Radhadesh food-sustainable and be a permaculture self-sufficient model for any other families or communities.
Premaculture, a new way of farming in harmony with Nature
In summer 2020, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami came to Radhadesh and immediately supported the project. He suggested a new name for it : The premaculture project. Premaculture is an experimental way of farming based on the sustainable and ecological principles of permaculture combined with the love, devotion and service of the Bhakti tradition. A team emerged from this initiative and is composed of a few devotees including farmers, an architect, a communication manager, an experienced community manager and a spiritual guide.
Help us purchasing our 2nd greenhouse
We want to buy and set up a 2nd greenhouse in november 2020. Thibaut will train some devotees to manage the greenhouse and associated crops during the season 2021. We are expecting to grow enough food to supply at least 2 days of the week with food from the garden for 120 residents.
How can you get involved?
We need more greenhouses and seeds to plant for our plan to become a reality, and for that we turn to you! By donating money towards this project you will be helping the eco-system and prepare Radhadesh to become an example to other communities. We have currently set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for this project. Would you like more information on other ways to donate? Then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simple Living, High Thinking
Radhadesh always had beautiful gardens with some varieties of vegetables, herbs, spices and flowers. Since the beginning of 2020, a new permaculture project has been set up in order to not only facilitate the deity department with an increased quality of bhoga to offer to the Lord but in a much bigger vision, to reach self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency is a topic of great interest and extreme importance for ISKCON. Our founder Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, has many times recommended the importance of “simple living, high thinking” and its connection to “self-sufficiency”:
“Our farm projects are an extremely important part of our movement. We must become self-sufficient by growing our own grains and producing our own milk, then there will be no question of poverty. So develop these farm communities as far as possible. They should be developed as an ideal society depending on natural products not industry. Therefore let everyone chant Hare Krsna, eat nicely and keep their bodies fit and healthy. This is ideal lifestyle.” – Srila Prabhupada, Letter to Rupanuga, Dec. 18, 1974
The opportunity to maintain ourselves with vegetables, fruits, grains and milk from protected cows is one of the main branches of knowledge that facilitates such a simple and healthy lifestyle. But Srila Prabhupada envisioned us to not only grow food for ourselves, he desired that we would be able to feed 10 times of the whole world population:
“I have travelled all over the world – Africa, Australia, and other, in America also. There are so much land vacant that if we produce food grains, then we can feed ten times as much population as at the present moment”
– Lecture on SB 7.5.30 – Mauritius, October 2, 1975
Keeping this in mind and Srila Prabhupada’s vision of building a house in which the whole world can live in, we want to introduce you herewith to the beginning of the “Gopinath’s gardens project”. This project will help the community (including guests and tourists) experiencing a “simple living” kind of lifestyle and introduce people to a life of goodness and Krishna consciousness.
Meet the team
I studied life sciences at university and on the field during 8 years (master in biology & ecology, master in environmental sciences, master in teaching sciences and Permaculture Design Certificate) but I could only find answers to many of my questions about Life when I started my spiritual journey. In 2015, I spent almost one year in New Govardhan in Australia where I became interested in Krishna consciousness. Today, I’m very grateful to be part of a inspiring self-sufficiency farm project in Radhadesh as it’s the perfect place for me to serve Krishna by working in harmony with Nature. Hopefully, we can make Radhadesh self-sufficient in the next few years as I don’t want to reincarnate to finish my seva.
Farmer in training
I joined ISKCON 2016 and went through different kinds of services. So far I could not identify myself with a particular type of service. But what is becoming more clear to me is the importance of the God-abiding life style that Srila Prabhupada has presented in his books and lectures. Because I see many opportunities in guiding our currently misguided society with a good example, by living simple and harmoniously with nature, this garden project is of great importance to me. My current involvement in this project is primarily learning the whole process of growing different kinds of vegetables and everything connected to maintain them. I have no knowledge at all about gardening and I am therefore inspired by the attitude that Thibaut Prabhu has got to share his knowledge so willingly with us. I am hoping to contribute significantly in the project.
Head chef / Assistant farmer
Gardening is a very nice way how we can spend time in nature and do service for Krishna simultaneously.
During the last 3 years since I have been living in Radhadesh, I have always tried to do some gardening during the summer periods. If things are done smart and efficiently then just by a little effort, Krishna reciprocates beyond expectations. It is a pleasure to see how plants grow, harvest the fruits, and make preparations for the pleasure of Krishna and His devotees.
What to speak of the value of fresh, organic produce from Radha Gopinath`s garden. As HDG Srila Prabhupada said: “Anything grown in the garden, that is hundred times valuable than it is purchased from the market.” – August 3, 1976, New Mayapur.