Ananda Kalpataru Master Unit and Apiary
Ananda Kalpataru Master Unit, Connecticut, Boston Region.
The last months have been busy at the Ananda Kalpataru Master Unit. We installed 12 feet by 16 feet shed (a small house) that will serve temporarily as Dharma Cakra hall, accommodation when it rains, and storage. The shed is locally made with a wooden structure and has good ventilation and a fragrant wood smell.
Ac. Kovid Brc. and volunteers installed six raised beds for planting vegetables and made decorative flower beds along the road. On the occasion of Ananda Purnima, a forty-two pages souvenir was published with the one-year highlights of the Ananda Kalpataru Master Unit. The souvenir was prepared by Ac. Abhiramananda Avt. and Ac. Diiptimanananda Avt.
Ananda Kalpataru Apiary
Ananda Kalpataru Apiary (bee farm) started with eight bee hives and was inaugurated on April 30, 2022. A sustainable project has been launched, and the first batch of honey bottles was released with our label, “Ananda Kalpataru Honey – local raw, pure honey.” More than forty people were present in this successful program. Brother Timir Prabhakar is the pioneer of this project. He started with two bee hives in his home garden and has gained knowledge and experience in the importance of having an apiary. Brother Scott is a local bee farmer and chairman of the bee farmer association in Connecticut. He has helped us set up the bee hives and will assist with the weekly maintenance throughout the year. He gave an interesting workshop on bee farming during the Spring Retreat and Ananda Purnima Celebration. The Margiis appreciated his expertise and knowledge about the intricacies of bee farming. The honey is marketed as local raw honey and has a delicious flavor and texture.