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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer Camp Week 2 Pictures

Check out the new Summer Camp pictures at our web site:

Monday, June 22, 2009

Updates from dominique-

Quick update:

Volunteer opportunity now up at is the volunteer movement President Obama began June22nd. It is part of his call for citizen action. Take Action now! Volunteer at Ahimsa.

I would love to see you around...

A quote from a very inspirational person:
"You have been telling people that this is the llth hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is THE HOUR..." Adrienne Maree Brown director of The Ruckus Society.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bears and Bees

In researching what to do about the bear and bee situation at Ahimsa (we lost several hives last year due to a bear) I came across an excellent article published by the Mid-Atlantic Apicultural Research and Extension Consortium (March 2004). The researchers note that a decrease in suitable habitat areas for bees and bears have brought them in closer proximity esp. in Pennsylvania. Although there are no easy answers on how to deal with this problem, the researchers offer some advice including locating hives away from the forest edge, contacting the local game commission personnel to learn about bear populations in your area, loud noises, bright lights, and dogs sometimes work as well. As far as fencing goes they recommend using electrified barbed wire on t-posts. However they caution that a fence will only be effective in an apiary that has not been visited before. Once a bear gets a taste of honey bees an electric fence will not deter them. The complete article can be read at

Welcome Dominique

My name is Dominique and I recently moved into Ahimsa Village. I am 22 years old and graduated a year ago from college with degrees I am not really using. I am a traveler, student, and artist. Currently I am learning the art of living. I met Kelle through my work with youth in State College. Kelle and Bob were kind enough to welcome me into their life and I am very grateful. I am very passionate about a lot of what is going on at Ahimsa and trying to soak it all up. I am learning everything I possibly can and trying to make the most out of each moment. Please introduce yourself to me; I love new people and places. Email:

What will it cost to go solar?

Ever wonder how much $$$ it would cost to convert your home to solar power and how long it would take to recoup the cost? Wonder no more. The PA Energy Festival people have created an online calcular called SunnyMoney that figures how much it will cost to install solar panels in your home. You simply have to enter your data into SunnyMoney and this calculator will tell you the system size, environmental impact, final cost, and even how much your home will appreciate. Check it out at

Garden Update

The gardens and orchard at Ahimsa are growing fast at this time of year with regular gentle rains followed by warm sunny days. Already we are enjoying fresh lettuce, endive, arugula, pac choi, radishes, herbs, and strawberries. Unfortunately slugs, mice, and crows are also enjoying the bounty way too much. Kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, and carrots have been particularly tasty to the hungry wildlife. The trees in the orchard are thriving with the exception of the pawpaws. Gypsy moth and tent caterpillar damage is mild this year. The weeds are also growing prolifically, and therefore, we spend many hours weeding.

Henrietta the Hen

Henrietta Hen came to live at Ahimsa Village a couple weeks ago after being attacked by an aggressive rooster at a friend’s place. She is missing feathers on her head and body but otherwise seems healthy, laying an egg nearly every day. We are in the process of resurrecting the old chicken coop and pen. Mostly we let her run free. She appears very happy exploring the yard and gardens. We are learning much about chicken habits and enjoy watching Henrietta’s explorations around the run and listening to her soft clucking. Eventually we would like to find one or two chicken or duck companions for her. Check out our new Farm Animal Sanctuary page.