ECO-Vrindaban Board Meeting Minutes 03/03/2019

ECO-Vrindaban New Vrindaban ISKCON cows gardens Prabhupada ISKCON

ECO-Vrindaban Board Meeting Minutes 03/03/2019

Mission Statement: ECO-Vrindaban promotes cow protection, local agriculture, and above all, loving Krishna, as envisioned by Srila Prabhupada, ISKCON New Vrindaban’s Founder-Acharya.

Participating Directors: Chaitanya Mangala, Jamuna Jivani (board secretary), Makara (chair), Olivia, Ranaka, and Vraja.

Participating Advisors: Kalakantha.

1. Ranaka’s Monthly Report

Lalita Gopi – Temple Barn

There are currently eight cows who are giving a total of 22 gallonsof milk per day: Jaya Radhe, Usa, Surabhi, Subhadra, Lakshmi, Jamuna, Malati, and Anjali.

Jaya Radhe gave birth to a heifer calf on February 5th, the calf has been named Puspavati. Madhu was the sire.

There are currently three calves at the Temple Barn: Gaurangi, Jai Sri, and Puspavati. Gopi has been moved to Nandagram because she was playing too rough with the younger and smaller animals.

Anandavidya has increased his butter production to 30-40 lb per week. The temple devotees are using it for ghee.

Our alpaca, Archie, passed away.

Ray – General Farmhand

Moved hay to Temple Barn as needed.

Barn and equipment maintenance

Constructed and hung a gate at the Temple Barn.

Acquired fencing material to help Caitanya Bhagavat with Nandagram fencing

Spread 23 tons of limestone gravel around the Temple Barn area, and cut a ditch by the state road to divert rainwater from running down the driveway.

Ranaka – General Manager

Finished the 2018 financial audit with Ram Associates.

Worked with a farmer in western Ohio to purchase two pregnant milk cows that will freshen this spring, providing needed milk for the upcoming summer season.

The total herd count stands at 61

2. North American ISKCON Farm Conference

A subcommittee consisting of Chaitanya Mangala and Olivia was formed to help with planning and organizing this conference.

WHEREAS: The ECO-V Board wishes to provide assistance to the speakers and organizers attending the conference.

RESOLVED: The Board authorizes a budget up to $7K for travel expenses for presenters.

3. ECO-V Presentation for On-Site Meetings

A subcommittee has formed consisting of Makara, Ranaka, Chaitanya Mangala, and Jamuna Jivani in order to put together a presentation on ECO-V for the on-site meetings in April.

4. Housing for ECO-V Employees

A subcommittee consisting of Olivia, Ranaka, Jamuna Jivani, and Makara has formed for the purpose of researching housing options and locations for ECO-V staff & volunteers.

5. Water Filling Station Grant

WHEREAS: The ECO-V Board wishes to provide more ecologically-friendly options in New Vrindaban.

RESOLVED: In addition to the remainder of an already existing grant, the Board authorizes an additional $1,169.45 for the purchase of a water filling station for ISKCON New Vrindaban.

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