Respecting our Seniors…

This week at Hare Krishna Valley we had a visit from our old friend Bhaktisiddhanta Swami, who stayed with my brother Christian and held an evening programme of chanting and philosophy which was attended by all of our friends from around the area.

Senior Citizens Visit

On Thursday we showed a number of senior citizens our farm, as they had come on a bus trip to find out what we are about. As they left, they remarked that they were very impressed with everything that we have been able to achieve at Hare Krishna Valley.

Spiritual Community…

At the Sunday Feast we held this week at Hare Krishna Valley, we had an attendance of around 120 guests, which made for a lot of work but also for a great deal of satisfaction in seeing so many people engaged in spiritual activity together.

Sunday Feast

Our cows escaped temporarily from our south eastern boundary, so Manigriva and the Woofers cleared around the old fence line and then put in a new fence.

Clearing Fence

We also took our Woofers on a bush walk to Erskine falls, which did not have very much water in it at this time of year.

Erskine Waterfalls

The Krishna Monk…

Last week I traveled through Torquay on the way back to the farm to drop off posters for our upcoming hall event. We will give a public presentation called “How to find Inner Peace in the Modern World”, and also include some chanting and then serve a delicious vegetarian feast. The hall is booked for Wednesday, February 26th.

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To coincide with the hall programme, we have launched a new website www.thekrishnamonk.com. On this website I will run a daily blog, and also give news of upcoming events.

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On the weekend we attended the St. Kilda Festival, where the Hare Krishna Movement set up a Village of Peace to entertain the crowd, and also performed our annual Festival of the Chariot.

Mulching Of Farm

Meanwhile, back at Hare Krishna Valley, Manigriva continued with the slashing of the long grass around the property, and making some serious progress.

We look forward to speaking to you again next week.
Until then, I remain yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada.

Keshava Dasa.

Tranquil Retreats…

We had to cancel the retreat we had planned last weekend at Hare Krishna Valley due to the hot weather. A number of families with their children were booked to attend the retreat, but they began to pull out on the Friday due to the forecast.

Yoga

The weekend before we held an Ayurveda and Yoga retreat with Prahladananda Swami which was attended by a nice group of guests who said that they were deeply moved by their time spent at Hare Krishna Valley.

Calf

This is a picture of our new bull calf, Giridhari, who was donated to us by the farmer that we bought our other three cows off. The farmer gave him to us because he understood that Giridhari would be protected, as we do not slaughter our animals, but allow them to live their full lives peacefully.

We look forward to speaking to you again next week.
Until then, I remain yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada.

Keshava Dasa.

The Old and the New…

We finally got the old tractor going on the farm, which means the mulching is well under way again. There is a lot of long grass that still needs to be cut, so we are working hard to decrease the fire hazard during the hot weather.

Tractor

Our french and english Wwoofers were hard at work this week weeding around the half acre of pumpkins we have planted. Due to the hot weather, the pumpkins and tomatoes are finally starting to ripen.

Weeding

We look forward to speaking to you again next week.
Until then, I remain yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada.

Keshava Dasa.

In the middle of Summer…

Last week at Hare Krishna Valley we catered for the Tranquility Fair at Ocean Grove, an annual fair which we attend ever year. As usual, the participants were eagerly waiting for the Hare Krishna food.

Tranquility Fair

Our garden is moving slowly due to the cold weather we have had this summer. With last weeks heat wave, the tomatoes are finally coming to life.

Market Garden

We have been working on our fifty year old tractor, which needed some major mechanical attention. Now it is operational once again, and being used to slash any long grass on the property.

Tractor

My brother Christian brought a horse for his family, which is a half Clydesdale. His name is Kalki. They are in the process of breaking it in, so it can be ridden around the farm.

Horse

We look forward to speaking to you again next week.
Until then, I remain yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada.

Keshava Dasa.

Care for Cows…

We have received the good fortune this week at Hare Krishna Valley to begin a new herd of cows and bulls who in the future will be milked and employed in tilling the earth to provide grains.

Cow

The first two members of our new herd are named Hamsi and Aruni respectively. They are gradually warming to us as they settle into their new home. Hamsi is pregnant, and we expect her to deliver her calf around March.

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We look forward to speaking to you again next week.
Until then, I remain yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada.

Keshava Dasa.

Soul Food…

kitchen

This week at Hare Krishna Valley we hosted a number of cooking classes for the local community. On Thursday, the teachers from the local primary school came down to have an experience of our food and lifestyle, and on Saturday, a group from Winch house attended a cooking demonstration facilitated by Manigriva and Tarini Rupa.

Cooking Class

We have been busy preparing our summer crops, which includes a large area of pumpkins and potatoes. We will begin harvesting these at the end of summer.

Farm

I am going to India for 5 weeks, so there will not be so many regular posts till the end of the year.

We look forward to speaking to you again next week.
Until then, I remain yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada.

Keshava Dasa.