The Gift that Grows

Vrindaranya Dasi - December 16, 2006 7:31 pm

For those who weren't able to participate in giving Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai a roof for their temple, I would like to offer another, more affordable gift option for their Lordships: purchasing seed packs for their Lordships organic garden!


For each $3.00 donated, we can purchase a packet of seeds, which will grow into many plants. As you know, we take gardening for Sri Sri Gaura Nitai seriously, and the result is thousands of dollars of delicious produce to offer to Gaura-Nitai. But it all starts with a seed, and we need 73 packs of them! So please consider giving one or several packs of seeds to their Lordships. It is a gift that will increase in value!


Here is a list of what we plan to grow this year:


tomatoes (14 varieties)

sweet peppers (7 varieties)

hot peppers (5 varieties)

bitter melon



honeydew melon

charentais melon

watermelon (2 varieties)

butternut squash

buttercup squash

cucumber (2 varieties)

green beans (3 varieties)

pole beans

lima beans

cauliflower (2 varieties)

broccoli (2 varieties)

chard (3 varieties)

carrots (4 varieties)

beets (4 varieties)

lettuce (5 varieties)

cabbage (3 varieties)

brussels sprouts

snap peas

shelling peas




lemon grass



total: 73 seed packs at $3.00 each


To make a donation, please either send a check or click on the "donation" link at www.swami.org. I would appreciate it if you would also post here how many seed packs you are donating so that everyone will know when we have met our goal of 73 seed packs.


P.S. We need to purchase the seeds now because we'll starting planting seeds at the beginning of the new year.


Thank you!!!

Babhru Das - December 16, 2006 8:48 pm

I just donated for seven packets.

Shyam Gopal Das - December 16, 2006 8:50 pm

I'm donating 10 packs.

Kamalaksa Das - December 16, 2006 8:54 pm

As we are partially responsible for having Guru-Nistha eating up everything over there we feel obliged to chip in wiht the rest. So we just donated for the remaining 56 packets.

Vrindaranya Dasi - December 16, 2006 10:08 pm

Jaya!!! :Angel:


Service opportunities go quickly around here! :Whistle:


Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai organic gardens ki jaya!

Babhru Das - December 16, 2006 10:28 pm

Thank you for providing the opportunity. And, since I'm hoping to do a little of the eating there later this month, I'm glad I got in before Kamalaksha and Krishangi scooped up all the service! :Angel:

Vrindaranya Dasi - December 16, 2006 10:36 pm

It occurred to me that some devotee may be feeling bummed at having missed out on the opportunity to take part in the organic garden seva. Therefore, I wanted to mention another gift to Gaura-Nitai that can be given this holiday season: the famous Doyle's thornless blackberry bush. You can take it on the authority of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai's chief servitor, Srila Guru Maharaja, that it is a gift they will appreciate. In fact, Guru Maharaja thinks that they would like to have seven such bushes. Each thornless blackberry bush costs $15. Here is the special feature of the Doyle's bush:


Nearly all popular varieties yield far less than the this variety. The average is about 1 to 2 quarts per plant. Some may produce a gallon, which is not even close to the our production. This amazing plant yields 10 to 20 gallons per plant, that’s 1 to 2 bushels!


Again, I would appreciate if you would post here if you would like to donate for any bushes. We're hoping to purchase seven bushes and they are $15 each.


Blackberry cobbler ki jaya!


Thank you for providing the opportunity. And, since I'm hoping to do a little of the eating there later this month, I'm glad I got in before Kamalaksha and Krishangi scooped up all the service! :Angel:

Great news! Looking forward to meeting you after all these years!

Jason - December 17, 2006 6:20 am

Chris and I have made a donation for 3 Blackberry bushes...Thanks for the service! :Angel:

Bhrigu - December 17, 2006 12:54 pm

I've donated for 2.

Syamasundara - December 17, 2006 3:48 pm

Cool, I've always dreamed of seeing blackberries at Audarya, once I even brought a rhyzome from work, when I was working "as a Mexican." I guess the cows ate it.



I went to swami.org and found no donation link, however I noticed that the Siksastaka is still not listed among the books, which is kind of a pity, but I realize you are always so busy. As soon as I move to the States and settle down, I am planning to learn all these tecky things and do them myself to help out, instead of just lamenting.

Vrindaranya Dasi - December 17, 2006 3:49 pm

Nanda-tanuja has donated $108 towards the bushes. That means we are over the top!


Guru Maharaja has decided that with the surplus $78, we will purchase 3 fruit trees: one orange, one lemon, and a Queen Anne cherry. The blackberry bushes and, of course, the trees are perennials, which means that they will bear fruit year after year. In other words, this seva bears fruit every year! Thank you to everyone who took part! :Angel:

Syamasundara - December 17, 2006 3:51 pm

OK I found the donation button, it was as big as a house.... I guess I'm late, though.

Vrindaranya Dasi - April 26, 2007 4:31 pm

The blackberry bushes have been planted and the gardens are ready to start transplanting seedlings from the greenhouse. The soil is looking great due to all the manure compost that has been added. Here are some pictures of the gardens and greenhouse.