Premaculture

Eco farming with love

What is Premaculture?

Premaculture is a new method of farming combining the ecological and sustainable principles of permaculture with the loving devotion cultivated in India’s ancient Bhakti tradition. 

Self-sufficiency is a topic of great importance for ISKCON (the International Society for Krishna Consciousness). The founder-acarya of ISKCON, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, many times recommended the importance of ‘simple living, high thinking’ and its connection to ‘self-sufficiency’.

Permaculture is a set of design principles centered on whole systems thinking, simulating, or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems. It uses these principles in a growing number of fields from regenerative agriculture, rewilding, and community resilience.

An 

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2020

October

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Building the second greenhouse
This October 2020 we built our second greenhouse thanks to the generous donations and contributions from many premaculture enthusiasts. Here in this video we got to document the process of setting it up in order to be able to build it on our own for the next few greenhouses.
By next February it should be fully equipped and prepared to grow two times more veggies than this year.
Stay tuned for more updates!

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September

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Paving the pathway to expansion

The community wants to buy and set up a second greenhouse in November 2020. Thibaut will train some devotees to manage the greenhouse and associated crops during 2021. He is expecting to grow enough food to supply Radhadesh with enough food for at least 2 days of the week for 120 residents.

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June

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Premaculture: A new way of farming

In the summer of 2020, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami came to Radhadesh and immediately gave his support to the farm project. He suggested a new name for it: the premaculture project. Premaculture is a way of farming based on the sustainable principles of permaculture combined with the devotion and service of the bhakti tradition. A team emerged to support this initiative including farmers, an architect, a communications manager, an experienced community manager, and a spiritual guide.

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February

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Start of the project in Radhadesh (Belgium)

Thibaut, a biology teacher and permaculture farmer from Liège, came in February 2020 to Radhadesh to set up a 20m x 20m farm project. This included a 7m x 18m greenhouse paid for out of his own pocket. This first year has been a test. A large variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs were planted and a lot of data was recorded about the growth and production of the plants. The results show that the project needs to be multiplied by at least seven times to make Radhadesh food-sustainable and to be a model of self-sufficient permaculture for other families and communities.

get involved!

We need more greenhouses and seeds to plant for our plan to become a reality, and for that we turn to you! By donating money towards this project you will be helping the eco-system and prepare Radhadesh to become an example to other communities. Would you like more information on other ways to donate? Then please contact us at premaculture@radhadesh.com.

Premaculture Garden Department Radhadesh:
IBAN: BE63 0688 9167 0608
BIC: GKCE BEBB

Meet the Team

Thibaut

Thibaut

Premaculture Farmer

Thibaut studied life sciences at university and in the field for 8 years, gaining a Masters in Biology and Ecology, a Masters in Environmental Sciences, a Masters in Teaching Sciences, and a Permaculture Design Certificate. However, he could only find answers to many of his questions about life when he started his spiritual journey. In 2015, he spent almost the whole year at New Govardhan in Australia, where he became interested in Krishna consciousness. Today, he’s very grateful to be part of this inspiring self-sufficiency farm project in Radhadesh, as he feels it’s the perfect place for him to serve Krishna by working in harmony with nature. He hopes to make Radhadesh self-sufficient in the next few years as: “I don’t want to reincarnate to finish my service!”

Vaishnavi

Vaishnavi

Premaculture farmer in training

Vaishnavi has been involved in farming since her childhood with her father who is a farmer in Hungary.  She is a very vibrant and lively person who promises to give a lot of positive energy to our project. She will be in charge of the second greenhouse. “Why I do gardening is because it grounds me and gives me peace. On days when I feel stressed or nervous, the plants calm me down. Seeing the process and being part of the plant’s growth feels like a bit of parenting, and makes me feel like I’m helping mother nature. Instead of abusing plants, Premaculture aims to love them, nurture them and respect the process. When I farm it brings me back to when I used to farm with my father as a child and it gives me joy.”

Matthias

Matthias

Assistant farmer

Although not necessarily starting as a farmer, Matthias initially found his love for food through baking. He is greatly inspired with Thibaut’s ethics in the garden and hopes to serve as a support to this project. Matthias also gives great importance to a God-abiding lifestyle and found that in his years of searching that ‘living simply and harmoniously with nature’ suited what he needed. As such, Radhadesh’s garden project is of great importance to him. His current involvement in this project is mainly acting as a bridge between the kitchen department of Radhadesh and the garden. 

Surya

Surya

Media

Surya is an aspiring filmmaker, who helps out the Premaculture project, providing new media content for promotional use. He hopes to somehow help and improve his abilities simultaneously. He finds that the project is a big part in bringing Radhadesh to a self-sufficient community, and would like to see the project flourish and be part of spreading its glories. On the side of working on media content, he also has a passion in baking pizzas and fine cooking. 

Kadamba Kanana Swami

Kadamba Kanana Swami

Patron

Kadamba Kanana Swami started his spiritual life in Vrndavana, the Holy land of Krishna and immediately felt he found his home. He liked the pioneering spirit of working in India and above all he liked to stay in the Holy Dhama.
In 1990 he became the Temple President of the Krsna Balarama temple in Vrndavana and remained in that position untill ’95. After that he began to travel and preach around the world and in 1997 he received sannyasa. These days besides preaching in Europe, South Africa, India and Australia, he still has some involvement in supervision of the Vrndavana temple.

Surabhi

Surabhi

Communications

Surabhi is the graphic designer and web designer for Radhadesh and also recently took up position in helping the Premaculture project with communications and marketing. Her love for gardening and the environment came early on in her life from her grandmother. Now even though she spends more time in the offices than outside, she stays connected with this important project by serving in other areas.

Edvins

Edvins

Head chef in Radhadesh / Assistant Farmer

Edvins feels that gardening is a great way to spend time in nature and do service for Krishna. During the last three years living in Radhadesh, he has always tried to do some gardening during the summer. He feels that if things are done intelligently and efficiently then, just by a little effort, Krishna reciprocates beyond our expectations. Edvins finds great pleasure seeing how plants grow, harvesting the fruits and vegetables, and making preparations for the pleasure of Krishna and His devotees. There is also great value in the fresh, organic produce from Gopinatha’s garden.  As Srila Prabhupada said: 

“Anything grown in the garden, that is hundred times more valuable than it is purchased from the market.” August 3, 1976, New Mayapur

Contact Us

Address

Petite Somme 5, 6940

Septon, Belgium

Phone Number

+(32) 086 32 35 90