06 February, 2011

To initiate the change!


Patron; Philip Wollen



India is famous for the concept of the “Holy Cow”, “Karuna’s Holy Cow” is not a religious concept. For us the holy cow is that local, original animal, working alongside the farmer, producing food for people; rice, peanuts, pulses, and much more. This cow will not be milked, she feeds her calves. She will not go for slaughter. The bulls are working in the field and pull the bullock cart. All will live out their life with respect.

This picture is more and more disrupted by demand for more milk, animal husbandry programs, buffalo production for milk, meat and leather, under influence from abroad. Slaughter brings in money. Old farm practices are forgotten, Composting turns into garbage heaps. Original seeds are not anymore available. Pig genes are used for vegetable hybrid seeds. The destruction is endless.

This composting system will not provide any bacterial activity in the soil to free all the necessary nutrition for the crops. It will only cause chemical pollution

At present the dairy farms sell their waste to big agricultural lands and vermi compost producers. The same happens with the chicken waste. It is ploughed in the soil and that is the soil on which our vegan/vegetarian food is grown. The subtle energy of suffering, abuse and neglect will be absorbed by the plants in your food.

Hormones, antibiotics and chemicals will do the rest to destroy your health and without knowing we are part of a system we want to change.

Normally, certified organic produce is not necessarily cruelty/slaughter free, because nobody thinks about the source of the compost and urine used for natural fertilizer and pesticide. Manure and urine taken from local farmers or dairy farms is certainly not cruelty free nor slaughter free and most probably contaminated with hormones, antibiotics and adulterated feed residue.
Our organic produce is not just organic but it has the additional value of animal welfare and slaughter free products.
The  importance of the Indian “Holy Cow” becomes crystal clear in this context and also shows the meaning of ‘sathwic’ food, which provides physical, mental and spiritual  welbeing.

To produce healthy food, good for people, animals and earth alike we need not only the existence of the holy cow but we also need their “Holy Shit!!” unpolluted by stress, cruelty and fear of death.

We ask for special attention, protection, support and appreciation of these animals,  their owners and the byproducts from the dung and urine for Ayurvedic medicine.
Our lives, mentally, physically and even morally, depend on the quality of the food which is produced with their support.
We would like to know if there are still farmers (not NGO's) who produce food with the holy animal and the holy shit. If they exist, we need to support them and value them separate from bio-industry.
Organic faming with compost and other byproducts from animals whose integrity is not destroyed; that is the need of the hour for our survival.


Organic farming and the love for Indian cattle

Thanks to a generous donation of Phillip Wollen we have been able to buy agricultural land next to the existing Cattle Rescue Project.
At present there is no electricity but we have fenced the area. We have harvested our first peanuts and dahl.
We hope to find the finances to have a solar and/or biogas electric connection for the first bore well and fencing, a platform and shed for harvesting. Then we will start irrigating 3 to 5 acres for growing green fodder for animal feed. The rest of the land will be used for dry crops along with plantation of fruit trees.
In the near future, the new Kindness Wildlife Sanctuary will also find its place here on app. 10 acres.

Rescued Cattle at Karuna’s Kindness farm

As we have become more aware of animal rights we need to specify the rights of our rescue cattle. We feel that from the time of domestication there has been an equally beneficial bond of generosity and friendship between humans and cows for the sake of survival, food production, medicine and mutual well being. This relationship has slowly deteriorated to misuse of power and their abuse/exploitation for profit.

The rights of cattle at Karuna’s “Kindness Farm”
  •         Protection
  •         Sufficient food
  •        Free movement
  •       Grazing
  •        Sunlight
  •        The cow will feed her own calf sufficiently
  •        Extra feed in case of milking
  •       Medical care
  •       Natural death.

Buffaloes at Karuna:

At Karuna, beside the local cattle, we have also rescued buffaloes. Buffaloes are not used in this area for agriculture but only for milk and meat. At present we have more than 50 young male buffaloes, born here. The males are not used for work so they have to stay with us for life.  Local farmers use their male buffaloes for animal sacrifice or simply slaughter them in the field or send them to the market.

We have decided not to continue with the milk from buffaloes as we have to look after the male calves for life and the animals are not useful for this area. We have castrated all male buffaloes in the herd.

Nevertheless, we will still accept rescued buffaloes in our project. At least we can save their lives.

In our organic garden

Leafy Vegetables:
  • Lettuce
  • Indian Palak
  • Andyvie
  • Chicory
  • Spinach
  • Rukula
  • Basil 
  • Spinach   

  • Onion
  • Beetroot
  • Garlic
  • Peanut
  • Carrots


Pumpkin family:

  • Squash
  • Indian pumpkin
  • Indian zukini
  • Bottle gourd
  • Cucumber 
  • Zukini

  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Chicory
  • Coriander leaves

Other family:

  • Tomatoes
  • Mangoes
  • Moong

Tea leaves:
  • Tulsi
  • Mint
  • Lemon grass etc.

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