Valaam: producing Pineapple/ requesting medications

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Valaam: producing Pineapple/ requesting medications

Postby Barbara » Wed 17 May 2017 3:02 am

"The brethren of the Transfiguration of the Savior Monastery on Valaam Island in northern Russia have begun growing pineapples, a fruit quite exotic for Russia, reports the monastery’s site.

The monastery’s work with pineapples began two years ago when the brethren were given pineapples as a gift from a pilgrim. The monks decided to plant a pair of the foreign fruit in their greenhouse in the Valaam Island Upper Garden. Now, two years later, the first bright yellow pineapples, presumably Columbian, have appeared.

Besides the pineapples, the usual vegetables and herbs are also grown on the island: cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, parsley, dill, and onions.

“The most important thing is to understand that your obedience in the greenhouse is for the consolation of all the brethren,” feeding them throughout the winter, stated Novice Iliya Beketov, the head of the monastery’s greenhouses.

Monastic gardening appeared on Valaam in 1810 with the planting of the Upper Garden. Two other gardens appeared also in 1856 and 1860. In 1869, the Valaam gardens consisted of up to 400 apple trees of 60 varieties. The brethren also cultivated pears, plums, gooseberries, currants, raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, and pumpkins.

Much in the Valaam nurseries was destroyed to the desolation of 1940-1989. Qualified care for the gardens recommenced only in 1996.

Valaam has also increased its amount of farm-raised trout in response to the recent anti-Russian sanctions, patented its own cheese brand, and gathered its first grain harvest since 1939 last year."

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/103500.htm

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I hope the Valaam brethren are not eating farm-raised trout resembling that which is produced in North America ! It's extremely unhealthy. Perhaps there is a better method used in the Russian North, for certainly the brotherhood and their guests deserve this tasty treat of trout [ how's that for alliteration >! ]
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Re: Valaam Monastery: producing Pineapple, requesting medications

Postby Barbara » Wed 17 May 2017 3:09 am

Machine translation :

Cure for the spiritual disease - fasting and prayer, given by the Lord Himself, but physical ailments do not pass by us. They help manage the monastery pharmacy. A low bow to the benefactors who help to replenish its reserves. Each donor, we are sincerely grateful for the compassionate act and invaluable contribution to the health of the Valaam monastery. But stocks have faileth property, sometimes at the most inopportune moment.

Dear brothers and sisters! You can continue this good work for the glory of God - participation in the maintenance of health and disability monks of the monastery, staff member for the restoration of the monastery, and guests of the monastery, who decided on a pilgrimage to the island, a message is with the mainland, even in the summer time can be fast in the case of unexpected illness. The monastery pharmacy can send or bring the following medicines (medicines list open here) :

Parcels should be sent to the monastery: 186756, Republic of Karelia, Sortavala area on. Valaam Valaam Monastery (marked "Yaroslavtsev Vladimir Pharmacy") or bring in person - all drugs should have not expired, and the whole package.

No matter how many medicines you can pass - one pack or a big box...[ it will be greatly appreciated ].

Diligence of our associates is shown all these years thoroughness and accuracy of packaging, enclosed a note with kind words and wishes of the brethren...

Valaam monastery at every service offers prayers of all has commanded us, unworthy to pray for them.

https://valaam.ru/publishing/18646/

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If anyone wishes to help out the denizens of this historic Monastery, famed for its Elders and ascetics, it might be best to go to the Russian language site and take the address in Russian characters from there. It could be printed out and pasted onto an envelope with plenty of scotch tape, as it would be traveling a long way.
I am no supporter of medications, but out in the remote wilderness of the Russian North, there may not be a choice if someone is struck with a serious condition.


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