Hare Krishna Community
New Govardhana is a Hare Krishna community near Murwillumbah in the Tweed. Founded in 1977, it is a property of approximately 1000 acres (405 hectares) supporting cows, fruit (bananas, mangos, citrus) and herb and vegetable gardens. Buildings include a temple, school, homes of devotees, and temporary accommodation for WWOOFers and other visitors. Produce is directed toward the community feast, the restaurant, then a farmers’ market. Much of the production is achieved through an extensive Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOFers) program. Although the community was established over thirty years ago, food production has been sporadic, and organic certification established only relatively recently, in 2004. The community still regularly changes what is grown as well as the techniques used to build soil fertility, as growers build skills and new visitors arrive.
This land is part of a larger selection by the Kelly family who had arrived from the Hunter River area, which was consolidated in the 1890s and 1910s, extending between the parishes of Murwillumbah and Wollumbin. Although some portions passed into other ownership, significant sales did not begin until the late 1970s, and members of the Kelly family remain on some of the land neighbouring New Govardhana.
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