Our best crops this year were kale, parsley, beet, carrot, potato, corn, plum & strawberry.  In the greenhouse tomato, cucumber, pepper & flowers were abundant. Thankfully, no major losses to birds, beef cows, deer or bear this year.

Again this year, climate change played a big role.  Winter was long, spring was hot then cold, summer was rainy but we still had good results in our gardens.  Our first deep freeze and snow came very early in October.

Harvest is the time of Govardhana Puja when inhabitants of Vrindavan hold a festival to honor King Indra, the demigod responsible for providing the rains essential for a successful harvest.

“In all the towns and villages people held great festivals, performing the Vedic fire sacrifice for honoring and tasting the first grains of the new harvest, along with similar celebrations that followed local custom and tradition.

During autumn, the fields become filled with ripened grains. At that time, the people become happy…

We inherited an over grown forest, thick with small trees fighting each other for survival.  The forest floor was full of debris from fallen trees and branches.  This pile up of forest debris is a great fire risk

First we cleared the debris and sorted it into piles for garden mulch, wind blocking piles and burnable wood. Thin trees were thinned and used fire wood and fence materials.  Larger trees can be made into building material.  To accomplish this, we acquired a wood mill with a saw blade that can cut logs up to 2 feet wide.  Most of the trees we are milling are only one foot wide because large trees cannot grow in a dense forest due to competition for sunlight, water and soil.

Vedic Eco Village is surrounded by forest much of which needs to be cleared as part of Forest Management to help in the healthy growth of the forest as well as to help prevent forest fires. Last year alone wildfires…

Farming and cow-protection provides the foundation for self-sustaining living and also generated prosperity for the rest of the society. A village should be an ecologically closed unit. Dung from cows fertilizers the grains and vegetables, and waste from vegetables and grains is food for cows and sheep. The surplus from this ecological cycle should be sold to markets outside the village. This makes for a stable economy.

We are currently growing Carrots, Beets, Potatoes, Peas, Cucumber, Broccoli, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Strawberry, Cabbage, Green Beans, Zucchini, Tomato, Cherry Tomato, Eggplant, Peppers, Melon, Radish, Fennel, Squash, Asparugus, Parsnips, Turnipsand Corn.  We have planted hundreds of Apple, Pear, Cherry and Apricot trees.  Dozens of Hazelnut and walnut trees have been planted.  We have raspberries, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, honeyberries (hascaps) and saskatoon berries.  We are growing millet and buckwheat seed for future plantings.  We grow assorted flowers, herbs, and spices.  Our value added items are Jams, Pickled Good, Juice, Teas and…

Society in Vedic history was a flourishing self-sustaining cow-centric and cow-revered culture. Cows and bulls are an essential contributors to peace and economic prosperity. Sastra tells human society how to live a simple life free from anxiety depending on the cow and bull, the land and the ample supply of natural gifts from the Creator.

To cultivate this culture in our village, Govardhan Goshala hosted Gopuja in a grazing areas on the full moon purnima.  The puja featured Surabhi cow and friends who were fed our locally grown foods.

Our desert like summer weather normally begins in June.  Everyday we are eating salad and green leafy vegetables from the garden and still carrots from last harvest.  A favorite is carrot, beet and parsley juice.  New vegetables are harvested every week.

The ox team has been plowing our garden fields in preparation for planting.  They are doing the work of 10 ten people preparing the soil for planting.  See the "Ox Plowing Garden…

To plow our weedy garden plots, we employed the two ox from the Govardhan Goshala in Saranagati Village.  The ox walked 2 km and stayed in a fenced off area of the garden, grazing on the grass growing on the edge of garden and between the fruit trees.  A greenhouse was their temporary shelter while they lived here. 

One day they escaped and went home, but the next morning they were walked back to the eco village for their morning plowing duties.  The ox are almost 2 years old and are away from home and mothers for the first time.  The training has been good for ox health and well being.  Dharma mani ox has become very friendly.

The results from ox plowing are fantastic.  They can nicely turn-over previously cultivated land.  We will plant our seeds soon after in the plowed rows.

We have work for dedicated builders with a pioneer spirit.  This year we continue clearing, landscaping, fencing and road making for the Vedic Eco Village.  Log cabins and an outdoor kitchen will be constructed for guests and workers. The foundations will be dug for the Yoga Shala,  Yajna Shala, Go Shala, Path Shala, Mandir, Prasadam Hall and Cultural Hall.  We will build an outdoor bath house, solar shower and greenhouse on the deck of the main cabin.

We will study the theory and practice of traditional Vedic Sciences and Technologies, Mantra Meditation, Yoga Asanas, Vedic Discourses, Road Mapping, Vedic Agriculture and the Science of Vastu.  Learn about Permaculture, Gardening, Cob Building, Ox training and Landscaping.

The book analyzes the negative and highly destructive effects of industrialization and modernism tracing their source to the Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth century focusing primarily on three areas of gross neglect related to animals (especially the cows), agriculture and modern education.

The author, a 45 years practitioner of the Vaisnava tradition, presents the Vedic dharmic perspective of sociology by introducing the scientific practices of a cow-based economy where land and cows form a natural symbiosis to serve the needs of humanity in the most ideal sustainable manner free from all forms of exploitation.

MODERNITY is KILING CIVILIZATION points to the life threatening global ecological crises such as desertification, climate change, deforestation, ill health, etc. that are created when we do not respect the natural established laws of nature as outlined in the Vedic culture. It is a call to mankind for a return…

Bhakti Raghava Swami's doctoral thesis researches and gains a deeper insight into three fundamental values upheld in the Vedic culture, namely the importance of cows, land, knowledge and their effect on the social, cultural, economical, health, educational and ecological status in each village

Problem Identification

1 Modernism (industrialization and urbanization) has disconnected and uprooted individuals and society from land, cows, culture, tradition and spirituality.

2 As a result, Modernism is destroying three cardinal values of prime importance in the Vedic culture, namely 1) the Gift of Cows, 2) the Gift of Land and 3) the Gift of Knowledge.

Problem Formulation

1 Modernity, with its over-fixation on materialism, has uprooted individuals and communities from land, cows, culture, and spirituality thus thwarting people’s physical, mental, social and spiritual needs.

2 Unless we reestablish cows, land and knowledge as natural GIFTS OF NATURE not to be exploited, abused or destroyed, we will continue to face…

Sri Surabhi Global's aim is to connect with 108 countries and find Sri Surabhi App Members in all those countries.  As more people get connected with the App, our plan is to connect these people with one another to form local/regional teams called “Serve Surabhi Teams”.

IDVM-India is pleased to announce the launching of the SRI SURABHI APP on Makara Sankranti. VIDEO PROMO

Members support our Sri Surabhi project by adopting a Cow or Village. Once we have cows, every 3 months members will get “Surabhi Gifts” like Cow incense from their local project.  

Please help us expand a “Global Cow Culture”. Vedic culture is based on cow culture and cow economy as well.

 

 

Watch videos about the early years of the Vedic Eco Village. Hear from students, workers and farmers from around the world who are participating in building this project.



To become dependent on another’s maintenance is very…

We need farm communities that can grow food.

Srila Prabhupada predicted that, "One day millions of people would be coming to our Hare Krishna farms because they are unemployed. And we must accept them. We must feed them. We must let them live there and they will gradually become spiritualized. We will put them to work, they will get their food and there will be prasadam. They will hear something about Krishna and they will gradually by the millions become devotees."

“Unless in the human society the Varnasrama system is introduced, no scheme or social order, health order or any order, political order, will be successful.” [October 18, 1977, Vrindavana]

"It may be an ideal village where the residents will have plain living and high thinking. For plain living we must have sufficient land for raising crops and pasturing grounds for the cows. If there is sufficient grains and production of milk, then the whole economic problem is solved." [Montreal 14 June 1968]

"Simple Living and High Thinking is the solution to economic problems. Therefore the Krishna…

The Vedic Eco Village will imbibe principles of Permaculture, Natural Farming and Cob Building promoting a simple and sustainable lifestyle centered on land, cows and Lord Krishna.

Principles followed are Vedic traditional arts and sciences as taught in ancient books of knowledge such as Vastu Shastra, Kautiliya’s Arthashastra, Architecture of Manasara, Vrikshayurveda, Patanjali Yoga, including the standard knowledge of ancient seers (brahmanas), administrators (ksatriyas), farmers and cow protectors (vaisyas) and those practicing various traditional technologies (sudras)

Our focus area is hence to widely disseminate, train and demonstrate such a culture for a rural community.  Village technologies will be locally designed and sustainable. Energy independent technologies used to process the raw food from the farm,extract oil, lift water or in handicrafts. The Gurukula will have daily morning practicals that will include cleaning the asrama, cow care and agriculture.

OM Sri Surabhyai Namah!
ॐ श्री सुराभ्यै नमः