Eco farming with love
Premaculture is a new method of farming combining the ecological and sustainable principles of permaculture with the loving devotion cultivated in India’s ancient Bhakti tradition.
The Radhadesh community wants to develop permaculture so it can become a model of self-sustainability and raise awareness about simple living and high thinking.
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.
Premaculture Garden Department Radhadesh:
IBAN: BE63 0688 9167 0608
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Simple Living, High Thinking
Radhadesh has always had beautiful gardens with various kinds of vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, and flowers. The new premaculture project will provide the temple’s deity department with an increased quality of fresh home-grown ingredients to offer to the Lord but, in a much bigger vision, to help the temple become self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency is a topic of great importance for ISKCON (the International Society for Krishna Consciousness). The founder-acarya of ISKCON, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 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 practice that facilitates a simple and healthy lifestyle. But Srila Prabhupada envisioned us not only growing food for ISKCON’s members, he also desired that we would be able to feed ten times of the world’s 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 in mind Srila Prabhupada’s vision of building a house in which the whole world can live, we want to introduce you to the beginning of the ‘Gopinatha’s garden project’. This project will help the community of Radhadesh (including guests and tourists) experience a simple living lifestyle and introduce people to a life of goodness and Krishna consciousness.
Meet the team
Thibaut studied life sciences at university and in the field for 8 years, gaining a Masters in Biology and Ecology, a Masters in Environmental Sciences, a Masters in Teaching Sciences, and a Permaculture Design Certificate. However, he could only find answers to many of his questions about life when he started his spiritual journey. In 2015, he spent almost the whole year at New Govardhan in Australia, where he became interested in Krishna consciousness. Today, he’s very grateful to be part of this inspiring self-sufficiency farm project in Radhadesh, as he feels it’s the perfect place for him to serve Krishna by working in harmony with nature. He hopes to make Radhadesh self-sufficient in the next few years as: “I don’t want to reincarnate to finish my service!”
Premaculture farmer in training
Vaishnavi has been involved in farming since her childhood with her father who is a farmer in Hungary. She is a very vibrant and lively person who promises to give a lot of positive energy to our project. She will be in charge of the second greenhouse. “Why I do gardening is because it grounds me and gives me peace. On days when I feel stressed or nervous, the plants calm me down. Seeing the process and being part of the plant’s growth feels like a bit of parenting, and makes me feel like I’m helping mother nature. Instead of abusing plants, Premaculture aims to love them, nurture them and respect the process. When I farm it brings me back to when I used to farm with my father as a child and it gives me joy.”
Matthias joined ISKCON in 2016 and performed many different kinds of services. But he felt he could not identify with any particular service. Over time, what became more clear to him is the importance of following the God-abiding lifestyle Srila Prabhupada presented in his books and lectures. He now sees many opportunities to guide the current misguided society by a good example – by living simply and harmoniously with nature. As such, Radhadesh’s garden project is of great importance to him. His current involvement in this project is primarily learning how to grow and maintain different kinds of vegetables. He has no previous knowledge of gardening, and is very inspired by Thibaut, who has so much knowledge he is happy to share with us. Matthias hopes to contribute significantly to the project.
Kadamba Kanana Swami
Kadamba Kanana Swami started his spiritual life in Vrndavana, the Holy land of Krishna and immediately felt he found his home. He liked the pioneering spirit of working in India and above all he liked to stay in the Holy Dhama.
In 1990 he became the Temple President of the Krsna Balarama temple in Vrndavana and remained in that position untill ’95. After that he began to travel and preach around the world and in 1997 he received sannyasa. These days besides preaching in Europe, South Africa, India and Australia, he still has some involvement in supervision of the Vrndavana temple.
Surabhi is the graphic designer and web designer for Radhadesh and also recently took up position in helping the Premaculture project with communications and marketing. Her love for gardening and the environment came early on in her life from her grandmother. Now even though she spends more time in the offices than outside, she stays connected with this important project by serving in other areas.
Head chef / Assistant farmer
Edvins feels that gardening is a great way to spend time in nature and do service for Krishna. During the last three years living in Radhadesh, he has always tried to do some gardening during the summer. He feels that if things are done intelligently and efficiently then, just by a little effort, Krishna reciprocates beyond our expectations. Edvins finds great pleasure seeing how plants grow, harvesting the fruits and vegetables, and making preparations for the pleasure of Krishna and His devotees. There is also great value in the fresh, organic produce from Gopinatha’s garden. As Srila Prabhupada said:
“Anything grown in the garden, that is hundred times more valuable than it is purchased from the market.” August 3, 1976, New Mayapur