2019 Holy Cross Farm Update

February 11, 2020

2019 Holy Cross Farm Update

2019 was an important year for the monastery farm. Despite the extremely wet and cool spring and the long hot drought which followed, we were able to make significant improvements in our farming system to help meet the needs of our expanding brotherhood.

By using portable electric fencing, we transitioned our dairy goats to a rotational grazing system that allows them to forage in more parts of our forest. This helps the goats receive higher nutrition as well as fewer parasites, and is also beneficial for the land itself.

We increased the number of chickens we keep to around 100. Our many different breeds produce an amazing array of colorful eggs. The monks and visitors eat most of them at our common meals, but each year our monastery bakers use more and more in the kulich and pound cakes that we sell in order to help support ourselves.

One of the most significant developments in our agricultural activity has taken place in our apiary. We expanded the number of our beehives to over 100 at the height of the last season, settling the bees into about 85 hives for the winter. The increase in the number of beehives now allows us to sell nucleus colonies and queen bees to other local beekeepers, and we have recently become members of the West Virginia Queen Producers Co-op. We plan to use the additional income from this newly expanded enterprise to help fund the building of our new church.

 




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Monastery News

Church Construction Update
Church Construction Update

February 11, 2020

As announced last year, we have been hard at work completing the first phase of the construction of our new church. We are very happy to announce that, with the help of God, we have completed Phase One of the construction process, namely, all the infrastructure repairs and improvements necessary for the new church to be built.

Continue Reading

'New Men' Film Coming Soon
'New Men' Film Coming Soon

February 11, 2020

A new documentary film about our monastery is set for release on April 23rd. The project began two and a half years ago, when Sam Cox, a young filmmaker and spiritual seeker, approached Fr. Seraphim about making the film. 

Continue Reading

Never Forgotten - Lenten Prayer for the Departed
Never Forgotten - Lenten Prayer for the Departed

February 11, 2020

We stand at the threshold of the Lenten spring. Soon, leaves will be budding, flowers blooming. Soon, thrushes will be singing, Paschal bells pealing. Soon, red eggs will be dyed, white vestments donned, festive tables spread, and Lenten fare—gone.

Continue Reading