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New local business begins to bear fruit: Vedic organic produce hits the market
by Christine Schrum

The Heartland Spirit    Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
7 April 2004

There's a whole new kind of organic produce cropping up . . . Maharishi World Peace Vedic Organics. . . . It's fresh, homegrown, nutrient-rich, GMO-safe, and it's now available at a restaurant or grocery store near you.

Maharishi Vedic City's Organic Greenhouses

. . . Construction on a 100-acre greenhouse project funded by municipal bonds and government grants began last fall in Vedic City. Since then, workers have erected a luminous, 52,800-square-foot greenhouse, alongside a smaller seedling greenhouse of 2,800 square-feet. Both structures incorporate design principles of Dutch De Cloet greenhouse building, in addition to some general principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.

According to Dean Goodale, Project Manager for the MVC Organic greenhouses, seedlings for a wide range of vegetables are going to be planted this week and will yield larger crops within two months. 'We'll have peppers, tomatoes, chard, basil, melons, cucumbers, baby bok choi, mustard greens, and heirloom tomatoes in many colors.'

. . . There is also high interest from the regional distribution centers for major food retail operations. Names can't be mentioned at this time, but Goodale says, 'We've had major buyers saying they're willing to purchase 100 acres of greenhouse tomatoes from us.'

. . . 'Maharishi [Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the project] is encouraging the building of 1,200 acres of greenhouses all around North America-including expanding greenhouses at Maharishi Vedic City Organic Farm to 4,356,000 square feet-100 acres,' . . .

Maharishi University of Management is also beginning to construct a one-acre, 43,560-square-foot greenhouse at the farm in Vedic City (in addition to the two small greenhouses on campus). . . .

Meanwhile, in St. Genevieve, Missouri, World Peace Farms-a sister project to Vedic City's greenhouses-has been yielding crops and successfully marketing them to health food stores, restaurants, and major retailers like Whole Foods. . . .

Both the St. Genevieve greenhouse and Vedic City projects started more than a year ago, when supporters of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's organization for world peace decided to raise money for the movement while simultaneously responding to the nation's growing demands for organic produce and ecologically responsible agriculture. . . .

Today, the 115,000-square-foot greenhouse in Missouri is easily the largest organic greenhouse project in the state, and this year, they will yield 300,000 pounds of produce, including lettuces, chard, kale, radishes, turnips, cucumbers, eggplants, yellow squash, and many other items.

To get involved with the Maharishi Vedic City greenhouse project, call Maharishi Vedic City's City Hall at: (641)470-7000. To place an order with World Peace Farms in St. Genevieve, call (573) 756-7846 or email: Maharishi Vedic Organic

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