Govinda Gardens

Last updated: June 15, 2010 (5 years ago)
Listing created on: May 20, 2010

Govinda Gardens

(Carriere, Mississippi, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Address:

    Carriere, Mississippi,
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please email us and tell us who you are why you’re interested in our project

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Krsna Conscious Eco-Farm

Community Description:

Govinda Gardens is a newly-forming cooperative organic farm and eco-community in southern Mississippi. This project is connected with ISKCON New Talavan.
Right now our pioneer group consists of three people, two of which are currently growing around 2 acres of vegetables and helping manage several acres of abundant fruit and nut orchards. at New Talavan. The new eco-community is located 1/2 mile down the road from the main temple area at New Talavan.
We’ve leased from the temple 35 acres of fertile pasture land and forest with well water and a mobile home already in place. Our vision is to create a cooperative Krsna Conscious farm community of 4-8 people (initially) to collectively farm 3-5 acres of vegetables, grains and fruit and also operate a small dairy, all for local farmer’s markets and a CSA program for the local devotee neighborhood of 60 or so people. We envision an income sharing community, sharing daily service, devotional worship in the temple, and sharing a meaningful and rich holistic life together. This is a great opportunity for any serious devotees or aspirants wishing to engage in cow protection and farming and live with like-minded enthusiastic young devotees.
We are aiming towards community/self sufficiency of all foods and dairy and also hope to produce fiber for clothes and oil for fuel, as well as timber and bamboo. We will use compost toilet systems, solar power, natural building techniques, permaculture while limiting petroleum use and imported goods. Ox power and cow protection will be major goals. We also envision operating an educational center for outreach to the larger community.
On the land we also have a beautiful secluded 2 acre spring-fed pond, around 25 acres of pasture and 10 acres of jungly woods all in a very quiet peaceful rural atmosphere. This is fertile land with nice mild winters, an amazing year-round growing season and access to a greenhouse, additional ponds, abundant large orchards, and many nice and diverse local devotees.
We can also train serious people in organic farming and cow care. Please email us if interested and we can supply more details. Thanks and Hare Krsna.


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Krsna Consciousness (Hare Krsna)

    Bhakti Yoga

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: His Grace Adikarta Das approves major decisons but lives in Florida

    Two young men (Blake and Blake)

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 35 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current number of residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: Currently sharing a mobile home

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Additional Comments: Eventually income sharing, most likely

    Possibly, please explain

    5 hours a day, 6 days a week


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay)
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Sharing food is very important to us

    Milk products, many vegetables, some fruit and honey

    Lacto-Vegetarian and vegan only

    No marijuana/caffeine/tobacco

Fair Housing Laws

Our community is a legally sanctioned church or religious organization and living in our community is restricted to members of that religion as allowed by law. Our religion does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin. Housing in our community is non-commercial (i.e. not intended to make a profit).


Krsna, krishna, permaculture, ecovillage, devotee, hindu, farming, cooperative, commune, eco, hare k

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge