In the Odessa region in the village of Karmelukivka, the followers of the Hare Krishna created an eco-settlement. They have built greenhouses and started farming. As a result, the village began to recover after decay, writes Agro-Center.
In the village, the followers of the Hare Krishna bought about ten houses and several hectares of land. The community appeared in 2009-2010. Some of the founders were the graduates of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. They decided to choose a cooperative model of economic self-organization and organized a greenhouse cooperative, investing thousands of dollars and several months of work in the project. As a result, there are two huge greenhouses with drip irrigation. One of them has heating.
The main thing that distinguishes Novaya Varsana from other eco-settlements is strict religious practice, understanding of the need for stable development, self-sufficiency, economic profitability, and, hence, capital investment and hard work.
The locals have noticed that someone was interested in buying their houses and started to raise prices. An average house cost 10 thousand hryvnias just recently, however, now it is 16 thousand.
One of the most important issues for the survival and development of any religious, agricultural community is communication with the outside world and a school. There is a school in the village that offers nine classes of education. Only 50 children attend the school. The new settlers immediately set up business contacts with the village council and took the school under their patronage, bought books. This way the school won’t be closed.
Read more about what the farmers are doing in their eco-settlement next week.