Much of our time during the month of June was spent in the garden. We planted Bitter Melon which has really jumped, caged 250 tomatoes, planted chard, lettuce, beets, carrots, beans, marigolds, tomatillos, peppers, basil and dill. The apple trees look like they will produce plentifully and we hope to have more dried apples for you this year. Everything is growing very well due to sufficient rains. We are now beginning to prepare our meals from the garden. A real treat. Soon we will be harvesting and either canning or drying. We have harvested mint and dried it in the greenhouse for one of your premiums and made mint tea for everyone here.
Since the last update the old barn roof has been rebuilt thanks to your help! It looks quite beautiful especially in comparison to what it looked like previously. We are very happy to have secured the roof before winter. Thank you again.
Please enjoy reading this update for June.
(Irene M. Dove)
ISCOWP Co-Managing Director
The barn roof is finished!
Thank you everyone for helping us replace the old barn roof which was about to collapse!
The ISCOWP herd.
The weather has been humid and hot with sufficient rainfall which has kept the grasses lush. It is good to enter into summer with tall grasses as summer is traditionally dry and the grasses do not grow well and even sometimes become brown. The cows are enjoying the grasses. During the heat of the day they go into the barn and leave for the pasture later in the day when the weather cools.
ISCOWP Outreach, visiting Kansas City community.
Three families live on approximately 40 acres close to Kansas City. They call their project Bhaktivan. Balabhadra was invited to come to their biannual gathering of devotees and friends from mostly the midwest region. The topic of this meeting was to be cow protection. Balabhadra gave 3 classes to a gathering of about 60 over a period of 3 days in late May. The project is looking to expand their cow protection but want to do it in a careful and intelligent way.
ISCOWP Outreach right here on the farm!
Find out how you can Adopt a Cow HERE.
Those of you who have been with us for awhile have experienced our dried organic produce as our gift to you when you give a donation. Dried tomatoes are the most popular along with Bitter Melon and apples. But we also grow for our own consumption. Chard is a crop that we pick and prepare quickly and we can also freeze and can it. We used to send out canned produce but the postal cost increased so much that we had to switch to dried produce as it weighs less.
To read more about giving a donation to ISCOWP and our gift to you, go to our donation page.
You can read about canning in the article entitled Canning – A Way to Preserve Your Food in the ISCOWP News Volume 9 Issue 3.