Wikipedia defines as follows:
“The term sustainable agriculture means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term:
- Satisfy human food and fiber needs
- Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends
- Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls
- Sustain the economic viability of farm operations
- Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.”
Here at the Gita Nagari Farm, we aspire to attain the goal of sustainability as taught and demonstrated to us by our Founder, A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Below are some of his views and instructions:
That you are growing all your own grains is very good. It is my ambition that all devotees may remain self independent by producing vegetables, grains, milk, fruits, flowers, and by weaving their own cloth in handlooms. This simple life is very nice. Simple village life saves time for other engagements like chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.
Letter to Tusta Krishna Maharaja, 76-08-23, Hyderabad
Who is producing food grain? This is the solution of economic problem. Annad bhavanti bhutani. Therefore we are trying to engage our men to produce their own food. Be self-sufficient so that these rascals may see that how one can live very peacefully, eating the food grains and milk, and chant Hare Krishna.
Prabhupada’s Lectures, Srimad-Bhagavatam 1974, Mayapura
The first necessity is that you should be self-sufficient. That is God s arrangement.
Prabhupada’s Lectures. Srimad Bhagavatain 1975 Mauritius
We are advising, we are making centers like that, that “Be self-sufficient. Save time for spiritual culture.” That is human civilization. This was advised some thousands of years ago by Rsabhadeva.
Prabhupada’s Lectures, General – 1974 (740606LE.GEN)
So you have to become an ideal society. You live locally, and be self-sufficient. They will see that it is possible to live locally without movement, and still highly cultured men, self-sufficient. That is required.
Morning Walk, Rome, May 28, 1974
Prabhupada: We re not only chanting, we are giving them work. We are trying to become self-sufficient, the same idea of Gandhi s village organization so they may not come out from the village. They ll be satisfied, village economics.
Interview, Ghandigarh, October 16, 1976
So far the Nellore property is concerned, that is a nice proposal. Now, we should have self-sufficiency. This means to make our own food grains grow and to weave our own cloth—like in Mayapur. If we have food grains, milk, and cloth life becomes easy and we can save time for preaching and chanting.
Letter to Mahamsa Svami: 75-01-19 Bombay
I want the world to see by our example that life can be lived naturally, peacefully if one is self-sufficient with land, some cows and chanting Hare Krishna. That is the idea of purchasing land.
Letter to Jagadisa: 74-06-18, Frankfurt
Our farm projects are an extremely important part of our movement. We must become self-sufficient by growing our own grains and producing our own milk, then there will be no question of poverty. So develop these farm communities as far as possible. They should be developed as an ideal society depending on natural products not industry.
Letter to Rupanuga: 74-12-1 8 Bombay
This farm project you should consider very important. The idea is that people can be self sufficient and raise their own foodstuffs and have sufficient milk to save time and chant Hare Krishna. Why should they work so hard in the hellish factories? Let everyone live simply and be Krishna conscious.
Letter to Nityananda dos: 75-07-01 Denver
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