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Organic growers patiently strive for state's largest greenhouse operation
by Harry Baumert

The Des Moines Register    Translate This Article
Des Moines, United States
13 February 2005

On 13 February 2005 The Des Moines Register reported: Maharishi Vedic Organic Farms, located in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, is making plans to expand their 51,800 square-foot greenhouse. In addition to growing organic produce, the greenhouse will also support 500 'Vedic scholars' from India. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of environment.

Maharishi Vedic Organic Farms is located in Iowa's newest city, Maharishi Vedic City. According to the article, the city was established by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme.

The organic farm started offering all-organic produce last spring. Now it is shipping out around 2,000 pounds of produce a week to stores and restaurants in Iowa City, Des Moines, and Chicago. The next goal is to have a 70 to 80 acre greenhouse built by 2008. This would be the largest greenhouse in the state of Iowa.

Explains Kent Boyum, Maharishi Vedic City's economic development director, 'One of the major reasons we have started this programme of growing organic vegetables is to attract actual experts in the Vedic knowledge, which we refer to as Vedic scholars.' According to the article, these Vedic scholars would perform traditional chants to help with the growing cycle of the plants. Boyum also mentioned that the Vedic scholars will participate in group meditations to help in neutralizing negative trends in society such as war and violence.

The profits from the sales of the organic vegetables are going towards the travel and living expenses of the Vedic scholars who are expected to arrive within a few months. Now the city is looking for financing for the greenhouse project.

According to the article, the produce at Maharishi Vedic Organic Farms is unique in that the vegetables grown in the greenhouse are grown directly in the soil. Most greenhouses use an artificial medium which offers more control in the growing process. But the Maharishi Vedic Organic Farms manager, Dean Goodale, feels strongly that letting plants grow in natural soil produces healthier, better-tasting, produce. Encouraged by the increasing demand for organic produce and the progress of Maharishi Vedic Organic Farms, Goodale said that 'when you get it right, amazing things happen'.

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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