A bit belated, but when Hurricane Sandy hit the NY area last month, it wreaked havoc on the Ananda Harvest. 150 trees fell across the entirety of the property, damaging fences, and creating huge clean-up and restoration expenses. The GARDEN fragrance was created to benefit the Ananda Harvest, and since Sandy, MCMC has donated $1,200 to their relief efforts.
The Ananda Harvest is a farming initiative upstate, in the town of Monroe. Run by a loose organization of friends, anyone is invited to visit, learn about farming and sustainability, and lend a hand throughout the growing season. A variety of vegetables are grown in the garden – sugar snap peas, kale, garlic, lettuce, hot peppers, tomatoes. Local high school kids have been invited to visit and learn about farming and nutrition, and the goal is for the garden to sustain a local ashram and yoga center.
On a related sidenote, NY Heartwoods has been using trees felled by Sandy to fill a demand for local wood products.