5:00 PM LECTURE
6:00 PM ABHISHEK of big Lord Nrsimhadev by 2nd initiated devotees only, on the altar. Simultaneous abhishek of small Lord Nrsimhadev in the temple room.
7:00 PM AROTI
7:45 PM LORD NRSIMHADEVA’S feast
New Vrindaban Food Independence Workshops
Spring 2013 Schedule of Events
*Ten workshops free and open to the public to explore the realm of self-sufficient living
-Saturday’s workshops are held at sites in Wheeling, beginning at 12:00 noon.
-Sunday’s workshops are conducted in New Vrindaban, beginning at 3:00 p.m.
For information contact The Small Farm Training Center. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop Detailed Descriptions Below:
Raised Beds, Cold Frames and Square Food Gardening Basics
Date &Time: Saturday, May 18th , 12:00 noon
Where: Wheeling Island Garden Hub. Behind Madison School on Maryland St. (adjoining the Island Rats Community Garden)
Presenter: Robert Martin, Green Wheeling Initiative
Contact info: Email: ompottery108@ gmail.com
Workshop description: Turning a small space into a viable garden with optimal production, requires raised beds, easy-to-build cold frames and square foot gardening techniques. Robert Martin’s talk is full of pracrtical “show ‘n’ tell” advice. He’s designed and built raised bed gardens on several elementary and pre-school playgrounds in Ohio and Marshall Counties. His 2012 workshop attracted over 40 attendees who marveled at seeing tomato and basil plants growing out of hay bales used as cold frames. Robert is also a skilled composter and will answer questions regarding alternative composting techniques, where to locate a composting station and where or not to use an open bin.
Food Independence: The Early Early, Really Early Garden
Date & Time: Sunday, May 19th, 3:00 P.M.
Where: Small Farm Training Center, 3759 McCreary’s Ridge Rd, Moundsville, WV 26041. New Vrindaban Community, Marshall Co., WV.
Contact info: Email: email@example.com
Presenter: Terry Sheldon, Small Farm Training Center
Contact info: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop description: Direct seeding peas, lettuce, spinach radish, mustard chard, fava beans, beets etc as early as March 1st? Impossible! Terry Sheldon, Director of the Small Farm Training Center, has done it for years. If you really want to break away from dependency on those expensive chemical veggies from California, here’s the workshop that demonstrates the materials, tools and tips that lead to and early and continuous harvest. Seeing is believing.
‘No Till’ Gardens: A Fit for City and Suburban Plots
Date & Time: Saturday, May 25th , 12:00 noon
Where: The 18th St. Overpass Garden, corner of Wood St. and 18th St. under the elevated highway in East Wheeling.
Presenter: Danny Swan, East Wheeling Community Gardens.
Contact info: Email: dannyswaninchina@ aol.com
Workshop description: Starting a city or suburban garden plot on poor soils is remedied by learning a few simple ‘no till’ perma-culture principles. “No till” garden sites in East Wheeling have produced thousands of pounds of organic produce without back breaking tillage—even on abandoned urban lots with virtually no topsoil. Danny Swan, co-founder of the Green Wheeling Initiative, explains the methods, tools and strategies behind “no dig” gardening. Learn how to convert garden problems into opportunities
Local Plant Identification and Making Potent Herbal Medicines
Date & Time: Sunday, May 26th, 3:00 P.M.
Where: Small Farm Training Center, 3759 McCreary’s Ridge Road, Moundsville, WV 26041, New Vrindaban Community, Marshall Co., WV.
Presenter: Dr. Nick Tsacrios
Workshop description: Eighty percent (80%) of the most valued medicinal herbs that inhabit the continental United States are found in the Northern Panhandle of
West Virginia. This is due to the region’s rugged terrain, a unique topography which
gives rise to a diversity of micro-climates. Hike the fields, woodlots and meadows with herbalist Nick Tsacrios, an MD graduate of the University of Florida. Nick has twenty years of experience applying the use or medicinal herbs in rural West Virginia. He presents a compelling case for the use of local medicines, their traditional uses and how to make tinctures, salves and tonics from wild crafted plants.
Compost Heaven: Transforming Bio-Waste into Black Gold
Date & Time: Saturday, June 1st, 12:00 noon.
Where: The 18th St. Overpass Garden, corner of Wood St. and 18th St. under the elevated highway in East Wheeling.
Presenters: Gary Perigo and Danny Swan
Contact info: Email: email@example.com
Workshop Description: What we normally think of as waste—food scraps, discarded paper, yard waste etc—is the building block of healthy soil. Every garden site, big or small, needs a composting area to create a closed loop, no outside input nutrient stream. Gary Perigo, Marshall Co. Extension Master Gardener, and Danny Swam team up to take the mystery out of what to do with all that bio-mass “stuff.” They demonstrate various composting strategies—including vermiculture—for novices and veteran recyclers alike. Composting doesn’t have to be a smelly pile of rotting matter when you know how to transform it and nutrient dense black gold.
Cows Are Cool
Date & Time: Sunday, June 2nd. 3:00 P.M.
Where: Small Farm Training Center, Temple Dairy Barn, 3759 McCreary’s Ridge Rd, Moundsville, WV, 2604,New Vrindaban Community.
Presenter: George Connor
Workshop description: Not so long ago, Ohio and Marshall Co.’s were dotted with hundreds of independent family run dairy farms. Local dairy farming has since been replaced by a beef cattle monoculture. Is there a future for dairy? Why are cows integral to sustainability? Hear why cows are unique amongst domesticated farm animals. It may look like mother cow doesn’t have a care in the world, but there’s a lot more going on behind those big brown eyes. Visit a functioning diary barn and meet the cow herdsmen (and women) who milk, feed, groom and raise these gentle ladies. Taste fresh (pasteurized) cows milk and see a demonstration on how to make quick curd (cottage cheese).
Starting A Community Garden from Scratch
Date & Time: Saturday, June 8th, 12:00 noon
Where: Pulaski Community Garden site, Jacob St. across from Pulaski Park in South Wheeling.
Presenters: Connie Hoge, Brother John, Ginger Kabala and Marty Wach
Contact info: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop description: Meet some of the core members of the Green Wheeling Initiative as they showcase the Pulaski Community Garden project in South Wheeling. This is a real success story about a team of South Wheeling residents from the South Wheeling Preservation Alliance. With the guidance of veteran gardener Marty Wach, they’ve created a gardening gem worth touring. Here’s practical advice on how to take a weed infested private lot and turn it into a cooperatively run productive growing site. Hear about their trials, tribulations and victories and how they’re marketing fresh produce at Center Market.
Using Plastic Ground Covers in Gardens: The Pros and Cons:
Date &Time: Sunday, June 9th, 3:00 P.M.
Where: The Small Farm Training Center, 3759 McCreary’s Ridge Rd, Moundsville, WV 26041. New Vrindaban Community, Marshall Co., WV.
Presenter: Terry Sheldon
Contact info: Email: email@example.com.
Workshop description: This is a highly instructive workshop for seeing the benefits of using woven plastic ground covers and translucent insect barriers on small and large scale growing sites. When properly installed, ground covers cut weeding chores to almost nil Floating row cover thwarts insects and stymie ground hog invasions. What’s the difference between opaque plastic cover and woven ground cover? How do you anchor it down? How long does it last? How do you cut holes for vegetable transplants without ruining the fabric? Take a walking tour and observe how ground covers are being effectively used in the ½ acre Teaching Garden and the 6.5 acre mini-farm called the Garden of Seven Gates.
Growing and Protecting Vegetables When the Weather Turns Crazy
Date & Time: Saturday, June 15th, 12:00 noon.
Where: Wheeling Island Garden Hub. Behind Madison School on Maryland St. (adjoining the Island Rats Community Garden).
Presenter: Andy Reed
Contact info: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop description: As weather patterns become more unpredictable, knowing how to protect your food supply is becoming critically important. Andy Reed, the owner operator of Apogee Botanical Gardens, grows a wide variety of perennial and annual fruits, brambles and vegetables on a steep hillside in Brigdeport, Ohio. He discusses and displays his experience in season extension to devise winning strategies for plant protection from the elements. Attendees are welcome to visit Andy’s botanical growing site after the workshop ends.
Comfrey: Miracle Herb for Healing, Nutrition and Farming
Date & Time: Sunday, June 16th, 3:00 P.M.
Where: The Small Farm Training Center, 3759 McCreary’s Ridge Rd, Moundsville, WV 26041. New Vrindaban Community, Marshall Co., WV.
Presenter, Nick Tsacrios Master Herbalist, physician and
Contact info: (304) 845-7239
Workshop description: Back by popular demand from the 2012 workshop series is the seminar on how to utilize the roots and leaves of comfrey—aka “knit bone.” Comfrey is a key component to nutrition, healing and farming practice, and is the only land plant containing Vitamin B-12. Comfrey’s ability to heal fractures, wounds and broken bones is universally recognized. An easy to propagate perennial, comfrey salve is a must for every medicine cabinet. Nick walks us through the methods and materials needed to harvest, dry, formulate and use this gift of nature.
Please Come to Meet with and Spend Time with SRILA PRABHUPADA (on next Wednesday, May 22nd) at Srila Prabhupada’s Palace Srimad Bhagavatam Remembrance Day
On May 22nd in 1969, Srila Prabhupada gave his first Srimad Bhagavatan lecture at New Vrindaban, from First Canto, Chapter 5, Verses (1-4).
Devotees are invited to share memories and readings from Srila Prabhupada’s given lectures in New Vrindaban, as well as impart how these lectures have helped them on thei spiritual journey.
5:45 P.M. Bhajans
6:00 P.M. Readings and Sharing of Memories and Realizations
7:00 P.M. Arotika (Followed by Honoring Prasadam)
This year, the Festival was indeed an inspiration, according to many visitors to New Vrindaban on May 10, 11 and 12, 2013. Before the Festival of Inspiration got under way, it was not without its tense moments. On Thursday morning, May 10, you never could have imagined that Govinda’s Vegetarian Restaurant at the Palace Lodge would be fully functioning that evening. That morning, the place was strewn with tables, paint brushes and out-of-place counters. But, by Krsna’s mercy, and the hard work and dedication of many devotees, it all came together right on time. This year there were some real improvements not only in the restaurant, but in the Palace Lodge rooms and the new New Vrindaban Welcome Center as well.
One pilgrim at the festival commented on the efficiency of the new Welcome Center. “I especially appreciate the enthusiastic and helpful attitude of the young ladies working there who greeted me.”
The opening of the fully renovated restaurant was a miracle in itself. “Govinda’s Vegetarian Restaurant looks like a high class dining room. The food was very good – not too spicy. And I felt very comfortable sitting in one of their booths. The cake was amazing.”
One guest remarked, “I really felt welcomed and I also appreciated the love coming from the devotees with whom I came in contact during the Festival of Inspiration.”
Another young woman said that she felt “very well taken care of by the ladies in the asrama. “ Her husband commented that, “The very artistically performed drama about the Bhagavad Gita was the high point for me.”
A disciple of Bhaktitirtha Swami who attended the Festival was remembering something that her guru had said. He always emphasized the importance of appreciating every devotee. In this same mood, the disciple wanted especially to acknowledge all the hard work that was put into this Festival of Inspiration by each and every devotee, from the organizers of the presentations down to the pot washers and construction workers, as well as so many others behind the scenes.”
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krsna claims: “I carry what My devotees lack and preserve what they have.” Rarely was this experienced more clearly than before and during the 13th Festival of Inspiration. The restaurant, the renovated lodge rooms, and the welcome center were all functioning right on time, and the residents and pilgrims enjoyed so much inspiring kirtan, classes and association. Krsna carried New Vrindaban through those tense, yet exciting moments leading up to the Festival and made it glorious.
Documentary investigating why the cow is considered sacred in India.
9 Case Studies at Govardhana EcoVillage – Presented by Gauranga Prabhu – Saturday, May 13th, 2013, 5pm
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
I am happy to announce that Gauranga Prabhu, Chowpatti Temple’s Vice President, will visit New Vrindaban this weekend.He will present to the New Vrindaban Community “9 Case Studies at “Govardhana EcoVillage“.
ISKCON Chowpatti realized at their farm an impressive EcoVillage with many wonderful features of interest for the future development in New Vrindaban. Please attend his presentation and learn about ISKCON Chowpatti’s experience in building an EcoVillage.
Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Place: under the Lodge
Title: 9 Case Studies at Govardhana EcoVillage
Speaker: Gauranga Prabhu
Jaya Krsna das
When one thinks of West Virginia, the images that come to mind are beautiful rolling hills.
Long, winding country roads, farms and forests.
Usually not elaborate, intricate, golden Hindu temples, but this state’s got one, and it is a beauty.
Originally dreamt up during the heyday of the late 60s, a group of devotees living in a small, run down farm without electricity or running water — none of whom had any background or experience in construction — were charged with turning this somewhat abandoned, extremely remote location into a shrine over seven years.
And they did it. I’m not sure exactly how, but they did it.
It takes forever to get there, and it’s a ride through the hills not for the faint of heart. Your GPS won’t work around these parts, but if you google the directions you’ll be fine. As you come around the bend, you’re treated to a site out of a dream. You can see for miles, and not hear one sound other than the buzzing of bees and the call of birds. While it’s lovely year round, the best time to visit is in summer when the rose garden is in bloom and the swans are drifting across the lotus ponds.
The temples and grounds are beautiful, and the guided tour lasts just under an hour at a reasonable cost of $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. There is a wonderful little gift shop there, and probably one of the best Indian restaurants hands down on site. For those who aren’t fans of Indian food, they also serve pizza and fries.
Some people are afraid to visit, thinking they’ll try to convert them, but nothing could be further from the truth. They just want people to come visit and enjoy the beauty of what they created.
You need to visit the website to see their images and videos, because they are not to be believed. The official site of the temple is at www.palaceofgold.com/ and the official site of the community is wwww.newvrindaban.com/
Recent reviews of the site on places such as Yelp and TripAdvisor mention that the temple is sorely in need of repairs. We won’t be visiting there again until later this summer, so I’m not sure the current condition. What people sometimes can’t appreciate is how harsh the elements are here, even in the summer. Rain and wind can take a brutal toll, and the community is entirely dependent on donations for upkeep of the temple. I’m used to many buildings around here needing some elements-related repair work (our home included!), but I can understand how visitors to the state may view normal weather wear as neglect.
The temple is always open to the public, and they have many fun festivals and events year round. The most popular, and colorful, of all, The Festival of Colors, I’ll cover in a later post.
Cottage Building and 24 Hour Kirtan!
A quick look at the Garden of 7 Gates in New Vrindaban will show a cabin with a rammed tire base well on its way to full construction.
Missed this workshop? June 10th and 11th 2013 will be the second part of the ECOV Green Builders Workshop at New Vrindaban. Join Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station Sustainable Living Center for two (2) days of learning the basic techniques of earth plastering. Participants will work on finishing the walls of the new 200 square foot cottage now being constructed in the Garden of Seven Gates as part of an ongoing education program. Contact: Lilasuka at 304-843-1600 ext 106, www.newvrindaban.com or Annie Warmke at (740) 674-4300, www.bluerockstation.com
Free scholarships are available to all devotees, so cost is no bar.
This is the same week as the 24-Hour Kirtan, which is celebrating its 7th Anniversary! The dates for this year’s festival are June 15-16, 2013.
Seva & Kirtan: Two great reasons to visit New Vrindaban next month!
Spring is a time of new beginnings, and New Vrindaban has launched a new initiative to bring us one step closer to self-sufficiency. While our cows supply plenty of fresh milk, we’ve lacked the resources to produce our own yogurt, butter and ghee. But no longer! Krpamaya das and Nityodita das recently convinced the ECOV Board to purchase a creamer, which will enable the milk to be transformed into a multitude of first-class offerings.
Nityodita, who is managing the 3-month pilot program, shared the following: “Lalita Gopi and Shatendriya have agreed to share the responsibility of producing special yogurt made entirely of cream and then churning that sweet yogurt into butter. Part of that butter will be made into Ayurvedic ghee. These special nectarean substances will be offered exclusively to Radha Vrndavan Candra in Their offerings.”
“The goal is to only offer Their Lordships milk products from Their cows… no more store-bought butter or cream! This is real opulence! Simply by pleasing Krsna in this way, we can expect an unprecedented loving reciprocation from Him in ways we can only imagine!”
New Vrindaban Board Members with Srila Prabhupada in his Palace of Gold
Over the following years, the pioneer community made a series of well-documented mistakes in its early attempts, going through some of ISKCON’s darkest and most difficult times. Resources were affected, but most of all people—many of whom left the community.
Still, a skeleton crew remained through the toughest times, working through the repercussions and doing their best to correct the errors of the past.
In more recent times, there has been renewed energy to rebuild New Vrindaban and to turn it into the exemplary self-sufficient, Krishna conscious community that Srila Prabhupada envisioned.
New key personnel have been brought in to help with the transition, including community president Jaya Krishna Das. Formerly the administrative director for Bhaktivedanta College, Belgium, Jaya Krishna took up his new post in spring 2011 and has been working hard since to help New Vrindaban grow into a thriving, attractive community.
During an annual board meeting on the weekend of April 20th and 21st, New Vrindaban devotees discussed some exciting developments in the first phase of the community’s transition.
ISKCON Governing Body Commisioners Anuttama Das, Malati Dasi and Tamohara Das joined board members from two non-profit organizations at the meeting—ISKCON New Vrindaban and ECOV, which focuses on the community’s self sufficiency efforts.
“Everyone came in looking for ways to answer the question: how can we better serve the devotees of New Vrindaban, and improve the overall community spirit?” says Chaitanya Mangala Das, a second generation devotee and member of both boards.
Answers fell into two categories. The first was improving the physical environment, an effort that’s already in progress in a big way.
Early this year, for example, the residential quarters for devotees in the Radha Vrindabanchandra temple building were completely renovated.
“The wood paneling that had been on the walls since the early 1980s was removed, and the rooms were sheet-rocked,” says Chaitanya Mangala. “They also put in new windows, and fully furnished each room with basic living amenities such as a bed, chair, and desk. The floor mats and sleeping bags of the past are done away with, and it’s been made a more comfortable environment for residents.”
Standard capacity for the residential quarters is fifty-four devotees, but they can accommodate ninety-six at full capacity during festivals.
Meanwhile rooms at the community’s guest lodge are also being completely remodeled in time for the Festival of Inspiration on May 10th, 11th and 12th this year. The old bunk-bed style lodgings of yesteryear are gone, to be replaced with queen beds and motel quality accommodations. Altogether the rooms will have a total capacity of 130 persons.
The New Vrindaban Welcome Center is also receiving a full do-over to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for guests.
In addition the community’s snack bar is being transformed into an elegant Govinda’s Vegetarian Restaurant with sit-down menu service as well as a full buffet. After a partial opening for the Festival of Inspiration, it will be fully functioning by the end of May.
Restoration work is also beginning on Srila Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold, which has been a sacred place of pilgrimage and major tourist attraction for New Vrindaban over many years but had fallen into disrepair.
The full cost of all needed renovations falls somewhere between three and five million dollars. While the community does not have these funds and is discussing ways to raise them, devotees are already getting started on renovations with the funds they do have.
Work has already begun on the stairs leading up to the Palace, and will commence on the entrance walk-way in the summer.
“Then as more funds are raised, additional repairs will be ongoing for as long as it takes,” says Chaitanya Mangala.
New Vrindaban is also planning to tear down old and unsightly buildings. During the meeting, board members took a walking tour of Bahulaban, where devotees resided in the early years before moving to the current location in the mid 1980s.
Bahulaban was essentially closed down after the move, and the three main buildings there have not received any maintenance for two decades. One building is salvageable, but the other two, a barn and an old guesthouse that was damaged by fire in the 1990s, are not. Both are eyesores and visual reminders of darker and sadder days at New Vrindaban, and will be taken down.
Materials from them such as oak beams and concrete, however, will be recycled into other projects. This is evocative of the “green” way in which New Vrindaban is approaching its renovations.
For instance, the guest lodge has been remodeled using low volatile organic compound paint, energy saving CFL bulbs and non-toxic floor underlayment. And water-filling stations are being installed throughout the property, with reusable metal water bottles being made available to guests. Eventually, the community hopes to completely eliminate the use of plastic water bottles.
There are other self-sufficient initiatives, too. A team of devotees will soon be producing cream, yogurt, butter, ghee and other milk products for the Deities’ daily offerings using only milk from New Vrindaban cows.
And the garden crews are busy. They’re planting seedlings for the Deity Flower Garden with a goal of providing all of the temple’s flower needs throughout the 2013 summer growing season.
They’re also planting 100 fruit trees, 50 nut trees, 110 berries, 20 grape vines and a variety of perennial vegetables. And they’re installing three green houses to expand agricultural production by starting the growing season earlier in the spring and extending it later into autumn.
Meanwhile New Vrindaban’s unique festivals are exploding with popularity. There’s the Festival of Inspiration, now in its thirteenth year; the 24 Hour Kirtan, held every June; and the brand new Festival of Colors, which drew over 1,000 youthful and energetic college students for its inaugural event last September.
“The long range goal is to eventually fill up every weekend from May through September with a different festival that attracts different types of crowds,” says Chaitanya Mangala.
But with all these projects, the New Vrindaban board members are not forgetting that people are the most important part of a community.
“In our meeting we discussed how to improve community spirit, so that the devotees are feeling strong in their relationships with each other and inspired, enthusiastic and supportive of one another,” Chaitanya Mangala says.
Ideas included taking lessons for success from other devotee communities, developing devotee care, training leaders to become better servant leaders, and strengthening the relationships amongst devotees.
The latter includes developing an underlying assumption of goodwill amongst the community members.
“Disagreements are going to come up no matter what,” says Chaitanya Mangala. “Prabhupada would say, ‘People who believe in Utopia are impersonalists.’ There is no such thing as a perfect scenario in this world. There are always going to be challenges and disagreements. But the mindset in which you approach them can make all the difference in the world.”
At the end of the meetings, board members also invited community residents for an afternoon in which they presented what they had discussed, then opened up the floor for questions and concerns.
Overall, they’re feeling very positive that New Vrindaban can progress on from its past into a very bright future.
“We’re blessed to be able to participate in manifesting Srila Prabhupada’s grand vision of New Vrindaban,” Chaitanya Mangala says. “Along the way, we all fall short and fail at times to live up to all of the ideals. But as long as we continue to participate and perservere, through that process we become stronger, and eventually we do succeed.”
Kirtan Sanga Inaugurating
Festival of Inspiration_13
Begining 7 pm Thursday May 9
Radha Vrindaban Chandra’s Temple
(Many newly arrived kirtanya’s will be chanting with us)
The 13th annual FESTIVAL OF INSPIRATION is the weekend of May 10, 11 and 12.
Update: The last few accommodation vacancies have just opened up. Call us to reserve your spot. This is the only onsite accommodation left for Festival of Inspiration 2013. This will be a most inspiring festival! Call now! 304-843-1600 Ext 128 or Ext 111 . Ask for Rupa Manjari. Hare Krsna!
A New Welcome
When you visit New Vrindaban next, you will be happy to see the new Palace Lodge and Community Welcome Center as you arrive.
Our transcendental receptionists will greet you, make you feel right at home, and offer you comfortable accommodations if you’d like to spend the night, or arrange for you to have a tour of the beautiful spots found all throughout New Vrindaban, such as the peacock aviary, the serene swan lakes and the Palace Rose Garden, which will have its first bloom in early June.
The Welcome Center is the newly renovated little cabin centrally located in front of the temple, right across from Govinda’s Vegetarian Restaurant.
Visit New Vrindaban now, when spring is breathing fresh life into the green Appalachian hills.
Call the Welcome Center at 304 843 1600 xt 0 or visit us at www.newvrindaban.com
A follow-up to the Workshop directly following the Festival of Inspiration:
June 10th and 11th 2013 EcoVillage Green Building Earth Plastering Workshop at New
Vrindaban’s Garden of Seven Gates, Moundsville WV
Contact: Lilasuka at 304-843-1600 ext 106, www.newvrindaban.com
or Annie Warmke at (740) 674-4300, www.bluerockstation.com
Join Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station Sustainable Living Center at New Vrindaban Community
for two (2) days of learning the basic techniques of earth plastering. During this two-day
workshop, participants will work on finishing the walls of the new 200 square foot cottage in the
Garden of Seven Gates as part of an ongoing education program sponsored by EcoV, a
sustainable program of the New Vrindaban Community.
Skills taught during the build will include how to make and apply various types of earth plaster.
The walls of the cottage are made if rammed-earth tires, bottles and straw bales, and also learn
how to apply plaster around window and door framing. Private room/bath, or private room with
an adjoining bath in the lodge at New Vrindaban (total cost for workshop, breakfast/lunch, and
lodge accommodations $290). Bring your own tent and camp on site ($190 includes workshop
and breakfast/lunch). Scholarships may still be available. Visit – Sequel to the 1st Green Builders’ Workshop in New Vrindaban for more details or telephone 304-843-1600 ext 111 for more details or to register.
ECOV Board Meeting – Minutes 3-30-2013
Participating Members of the Board of Directors (constituting a quorum for said meeting to be held): Anuttama, Chaitanya Mangala, Krpamaya, Madhava Gosh, Navin Shyam, Ranaka
1. Approve agenda
2. Review and approve previous meeting minutes – Completed over e-mail
3. E-mail approvals completed:
Sustainability poster display
WHEREAS: The ECOV Board wishes to promote sustainable practices that are consistent with our dedication to simplicity, and to cooperate with other local organizations doing the same.
RESOLVED: The Board authorizes up to $500 to laminate and display eighteen posters from the “Lexicon of Sustainability” to be exhibited at the Festival of Inspiration and other community events in the area. The grant supplements $500 from West Liberty University.
The easels will become the property of ECOV, and the posters will become part of a permanent display at the temple.
4. Cream separator request (Nityodita via Krpamaya)
WHEREAS: The ECOV Board wishes to promote use of milk from community cows to make dairy offerings for the deities.
RESOLVED: The Board authorizes up to $3,700 for a 3-month pilot program to cover purchase of a cream separator and compensation for those using it to make butter and other dairy products. Nityodita Prabhu will manage the project during this pilot period.
5. Proposal: $5K for restoring Prabhupada house in Madhuban
The Board granted Pending status to a proposal to spend up to $5K to preserve the last remaining rammed-earth house built following Srila Prabhupada’s plan.
The following is a quote referring to this kind of structure:
“For the small cottages I suggest to construct as the diagram below —wooden beams and between the beams fill with gravel cement. The roof may be tile. The size may be 12′ x 15′. This design is especially suitable for grhasthas, who can feel very comfortable there, and you may house four brahmacaris in such place. Every day you can build one such house, ten may be required, and in one month you will have 30 such nice shelters.”
Srila Prabhupada Letter to Kirtanananda – July 27, 1973.
6. Proposal: $1500 for lighting projects for INV (Gosh)
WHEREAS: The ECOV Board wishes to promote energy efficiency in New Vrindaban.
RESOLVED: The Board authorizes up to $1,500 for purchase and installation of two light-tunnels for the prasadam room at the temple, and several motion-sensor lights for the hallways.
7. Grants for INV (Navin)
WHEREAS: The ECOV Board wishes to create a standardized and simple way for INV to request funding.
RESOLVED: The Board approves of the INV version of the grant application created by Navin Shyam
8. Bhumi Project (Navin)
This international organization headed by an ISKCON member is promoting green pilgrimage and green temples, but ISKCON temples have not been very active. Navin Shyam will make contact with them to inquire how we might work together, and Gosh will review their site http://bhumiproject.org for materials that can be posted on our site.
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