Winter came early covering us with snow in early November. Crystal clear and clean snow is beautiful, but signals a time to shift water use patterns. Freezing water damages pipelines and water hydrants. Since no one is living in the Vedic Eco Village this winter, the water was drained out of our system because a deep freeze can reach the pipelines 6 feet below. Emptying the water prevents frozen water lines, which only thaw in spring when the warm sun rays deeply penetrate the earth.
Days before the freeze began, we harvested all our crops and stored them in peat moss. This was a good year for carrots and we also grew the usual beets, squash potatoes for winter eating. We keep them in our root cellars, preserving them until spring and sometimes early next summer. Inside the greenhouse, the parsley is still alive and growing.
"Actually, everyone should be engaged to produce food, but the modern set-up of civilization is that few people are engaged in producing food, and others are eating." - Srila Prabhupada