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ISKCON North American Farm Conference

13th to 15th October 2017

Back to the basics

Come and experience stimulating hands on field experiences, workshops and lectures on edible “weeds” and Ayurveda, ox training, cover crops and organic farming in New Vrndaban, West Virginia, USA.

Founded in 1968 as the first community in ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada envisioned New Vrindaban as a “self-governing village” that would set an example for the world. New Vrindaban is set as a sacred village known worldwide for cow protection, simple living, holy spiritual education, and, above all, loving Krishna. It is located in the beautiful and peaceful Appalachian Mountains in the rural West Virginia.

Prabhupada personally taught the early residents of New Vrindaban to respect the cow and bull as their mother and father, as they could provide so many of the essentials of life. The bulls could till the ground, and be used for carting and transporting; while the cows could provide dung for fuel, and milk, butter, ghee and cheese for nourishment.

“The whole idea of New Vrindaban is that men who are living there should produce their own food, of which milk is the principal thing,” he wrote to Kirtanananda in July 1969.

Apart from setting an example, Prabhupada envisoned New Vrindaban would contain all the basics residents needed: in one letter he explained how they could grow vegetables, fruit, wheat and other cereals, hand-weave cloth, and use an ox-powered mill to grind seeds into oil. Working to create this self-sufficiency, meanwhile, would keep devotees busy in the service of the Lord and ensure that they didn’t have to search for work outside.

To learn more about New Vrindaban, please visit their website: