Test Article 4

A Proposed Park

Balkan Peace Park in the summertime.

The Balkan Peace Park[1] is a proposed park[2] (AlbanianParku Ballkanik i PaqesSerbo-CroatianBalkanski park mira/Балкански парк мира[3][4]) located in the western part of Kosovo, north-eastern part of Albania and south-eastern part of Montenegro.[5][6][7] The terrain is rugged and the park is home to the highest mountains in the Dinaric AlpsMaja Jezerce 2,694 m (8,839 ft) in Albania and Đeravica in Kosovo is 2,656 m (8,714 ft) high. Many lakes are found there especially on the Albanian side. Continue reading “Test Article 4”


R.I.P. Eggplant Crop 2017

Growing organic produce, like these purple Japanese eggplant, is easy, profitable and a sober reminder of the temporary nature of material existence. The young plants suffered through 15 weeks of rainy weather amidst days of scorching summer heat.  Next came  repeated infestations of  flea beetle attacks which skeletalized the leaves, Somehow the plants survived those onslaughts and eventually grew to nearly six feet tall. Beautiful magenta colored flowers attracted pollinator bees and wasps.  flourished and yielded bushels of marketable eggplants. Continue reading “R.I.P. Eggplant Crop 2017”

Test Article 2

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Shinshū Maru was a significant advance in amphibious warfare, having incorporated numerous innovative features, and as such she was shrouded in a veil of secrecy throughout her existence. She could carry 29 Daihatsu-class landing craft, 25 Shohatsu-class landing craft and four armoured gunboats, to be launched from a floodable well deck.

In addition, it was planned that Shinshū Maru should carry aircraft in a hangar within her voluminous superstructure. The aircraft would have been launched by two catapults to support amphibious assaults, but the catapults were removed before completion and the ship never carried any operational planes.

These concepts pioneered by Shinshū Maru persist to the current day, in the U.S. Navy‘s LHAand LHD amphibious assault ships.

Edible Seed Oil Breakthrough

One of Srila Prabhupada’s direct instructions to the pioneer residents of New Talavan Community in 1975 was to grow castor beans. Traditionally. in India, castor is grown for its multiple medicinal values as well as for lamp oil and that’s specifically why Prabhupada wanted it grown: to harness a renewable source of lighting. Finally, in 2014 Radha Maha Laksmi Devi Dasi donated the funds to purchase a Swedish designed state-of-the-art seed oil press capable of extracting fine oil out of any seed. The press was so expertly engineered that the initial efforts to master its use all failed. Finally, Croatian born Nanda-suta Dasa tinkered with the machine and made it function properly. He and Dvi Bhuja Dasa, the founder of Blue Boy Herb Co., immediately pressed a batch of okra seeds only to yield a beautiful flow of golden green okra oil. Okra oil is known as the ghee of Africa. In 2018, New talavan residents are teaming up to plant a one acre plot of castor beans in pursuit of Srila Prabhupada’s 1975 order. Better late than never.

Vegan Reality Check

We composed ‘Vegan Reality Check’ spontaneously after viewing the documentary ‘Cowspiracy’ in our mini-movie theatre. In fact, showing ‘Cowspiracy’ to new farm apprentices is part of the curriculum. Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn, the producers and directors of ‘Cowspiracy,’ did a great job exposing the hypocrisy of the well healed, well funded green organizations who deliberately go mum on the impact of animal agriculture on the environment. But (there’s always a but), the film’s demonization of cows and milk products was a real shocker, an indicator that neither Anderson nor Kuhn understand or respect the historical and traditional import of cows and bulls in human society. So, we slapped together a quick script and the rest is history. Sorry, PETA, but there’s another side to the story.