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Collaboration with Like-Minded Folks

01/07/2014

Hare Krishna!

We are encouraged to have new collaborations with folks who are interested in helping ISCOWP spread the importance of protecting cows.Last year we collected funds to fix and complete the fence line around the farm to keep the cows safe. This year we were able to realize that goal. To find out more, please read the article the Art of Fencing. The garden has gotten off to a slow start due to the cold weather of winter lingering longer this year.We have an infestation of rabbits that have eaten much of our garden. To deal with the rabbits we have erected chicken wire fences around some sections of the garden.

The cows are doing well on summer pasture. Indraneela and Anasuya (two calves we saved from the auction barn last year) kept breaking out of their designated small pasture to join the herd and that is where they are now.

Thank you so much,
Your servant and friend,
Chayadevi
(Irene M. Dove)
ISCOWP Co-Managing Director

Collaborations with Like-Minded Folks

Hari Kirtan & Elizabeth visit ISCOWP
Both Hari-kirtana das and Elizabeth Elson (pictured on the left speaking to Balabhadra, ISCOWP president) have been cow adopters since 2008. They came for a visit for a few days and stayed in the ISCOWP guest cabin.

Hari-kirtana has been practicing yoga, meditation and eastern spiritual philosophy since 1977 and began professionally teaching yoga since 2009. He also conducts workshops and retreats. His upcoming event is a Jivamukti retreat to India. He states, “My goal is to help students experience the distinction between their moving, breathing body and themselves; the person who is watching the body move and breath. My hope is for every student to leave feeling physically and spiritually exhilarated.”

He wrote the following article on his blog after visiting ISCOWP: Veganism, Cows, and Dharma.

Elizabeth is a documentary filmmaker and video producer with over fifteen years of experience producing and shooting documentaries and short films for broadcast, cable, film, corporate video and the Internet. She helped create the company Mantra Media Design. Some of their favorite clients are non-profits who help to make the world a better place. While visiting, Elizabeth contributed her videography expertise by taking footage with her new camera of the ISCOWP cows, farm and staff along with interviewing us for the purpose of producing a video explaining about cow protection and ISCOWP.

We are very happy to collaborate with Hari-kirtana das and Elizabeth.

Bhakta Fil picking currants
Bhakta Fil (pictured on right) is helping Balabhadra pick black currants from a bush that originally was a twig sampling donated by the Czech Republic ISKCON farm. In this garden rice, oats, chickpeas,carrots, chard cosmos and marigolds grow.

Bhakta Fil and his wife Sukhayanti dasi will be staying in the ISCOWP guest cabin for one year to learn how to operate a cow protection farm and to help ISCOWP. We all happily welcome them and are encouraged to collaborate with them.

The Art of Fencing

Splitting locust logs
Some of the locust tree logs taken from ISCOWP property were thick enough to split into two or more posts. We used metal wedges and a sledge hammer to split the logs.
Splitting locust logs
The grain was quite fibrous in some of the logs. After they had been almost completely split it was necessary to take two long bars and pry the logs apart.
John stringing the fence wire
After the logs had been split, the holes dug, the posts set in place and the earth tamped around them, the wire was strung and nailed in place.
Finished fence
It was not possible to get any mechanical equipment close to the fence line because of the lay of the land. All the work had to be done by hand. Three foot deep holes had to be dug by hand for one hundred posts to make the three-quarters of a mile long fence line. It took a month to clear the encroaching brush, take the old wire off, dig the holes, set the posts and string the wire. We thank John, Rusty, Deva Kumar and Kesi for all their hard work finishing the fence line.

The Garden Begins

We use only the manure from our cows to fertilize the garden which supplies us with about 90 per cent of our food. Some years are better than others depending mostly on the weather.

veggie garden at ISCOWP
In this section spinach, lettuce, zucchini, radish, tomatillos, cilantro, tomatoes, flowers, beets, carrots and sweet potatoes grow.
Veggies & Fruits growing at ISCOWP
First watermelons grow, then tomatoes and potatoes
Bitter Melon is beginning to climb its trellis alongside flowers and melons.
Bitter Melon is beginning to climb its trellis alongside flowers and melons.

Summertime for the Cows

The cows are happy to be on summer pasture.
The cows are happy to be on summer pasture.

After the passing of three older cows at the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, We have eighteen cows now at ISCOWP. We will be going to the auction barn sometime in August to save three or possibly four calves or cows from slaughter at the auction barn. In the next e-newsletter, which will reach you in about 3 weeks, we will give more details about the rescue mission.

Indraneela under a tree
Indraneela and Anasuya, two calves who were rescued last year at the auction barn, kept escaping from their private pasture trying to enter onto the pasturing grounds of the herd. After chasing them around the farm for a month (here Balaji is trying to get Indraneela back in his pasture) we decided to give them their wish. They are now happily pasturing with the rest of the herd.
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