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Last Wednesday night, Nina Osswald, who co-authored "Organic food marketing in urban centres of India" together with Manoj K. Menon, gave us a very interesting and instructive presentation at the Freeland bookshop. Her research is based on how organic food is being marketed and sold in Indian cities. The presentation focused on key challenges and success strategies for this. Organic food is becoming more readily available in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore. Osswald is currently working on an organic farm in Auroville in order to gain some practical farming experience. Read more
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
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Friday, 04 March 2011
Auroville Raw Food Centre’s Anandi Vaithialingam broke down the myths about cooked food and elucidated the goodness that raw food offers. Food governs the physical body, which in turn governs our emotional, mental and spiritual body, therefore, said Anandi, practicing raw food would be of great help. She questioned the health benefits of cooked food as it killed many nutrients. Anandi explained more about raw food and its health benefits, adding that it supports green farming practices. Download presentation to learn more
Thursday, 09 December 2010
Patrice Meyniel se passionne pour la vanille depuis 10 ans. Il a voyage a travers le monde, du Mexique a la Nouvelle Caledonie en passant par le Magreb pour en apprendre plus sur la vanille et sa culture. Ce qu'il aime dans la culture de la vanille c'est cette interaction necessaire entre l'Homme et la Nature qui nous permet de trouver les gousses telles que nous les connaissons dans les super marches.
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
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Monday, 20 September 2010
On the outskirts of Auroville, Tomas runs Annapurna, its largest (135-acres) organic farm. Experiments are ongoing to try to improve yields, using the most appropriate plant varieties and techniques for that particular environment and they are trying to work as ecologically as possible. But it will never be completely sustainable – economics still have an effect, diesel is needed for tractors and they are on the main electricity grid. Tomas says ideals are crucial, but realism is also needed so the farm produces enough to meet needs. He concludes: “it is continuously this kind of balancing out between ideals, between reality, between economics - it's life, that's how it is.”
Monday, 07 June 2010
Adhi, born in Edayanchavadi, works in the Botanical Garden, which aims to educate people about local plants and how they remain green even in the dry conditions. He has introduced the use of native species in Auroville rather than exotic plants which need lots of water and maintenance. Local children from 150 government schools in the region come to the botanical garden and are taught about the nursery and alternative energy, plant trees and are encouraged to take plants home to create gardens. There are also attempts to produce and conserve seeds of native Indian vegetables – original heritage seed independent of commercial genetically-modified seed.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
In 2006 the construction of "Pour Tous II" building situated next to the Solar Kitchen was finished, and a new experiment in the Auroville community life began. Pour Tous Distribution Center is a fresh step towards resurrecting “prosperity” within Auroville. After 3 and a half years of activity PTDC wanted to thank all those who participated in the creation and development of the center as well as the 573 members who give support and energy day after day. To express gratitude to everyone, all were invited to enjoy some snacks and exchange wishes for a happy new year. AurovilleRadio took the opportunity of this event to ask the users about their opinion and suggestions for the future development of Pour Tour. .
Sunday, 24 January 2010
In this short interview Raja Ram gives us an insight of his life here in Auroville. He tells us how at a young age he got interested in Auroville because he learned a lot about the Mother and Sri Aurobindo in 'Isaiambalam' school which he attended. His aim is to help people and take Auroville to the next level. He spent two and and half years helping to develop the Distribution Center (a.k.a New Pour Tous) and is now involved with the Village Action. Interesting interview for those who understand..
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Michael and Guido of Quiet Healing Centre welcomed some 20 odd Newcomers for an introductory tour. They talked about how the Centre started almost 10 years ago and about various therapies and facilities. Quiet is well known for Watsu therapy and mainly attracts guests from Europe in the peak season. All therapies and massages are offered for free to Aurovilians and Newcomers with priority for those suffering from ailments.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Last reception for newcomers started in Solar Kitchen. Quite a big group of them was guided and supplied by useful informations about Nandini, Free Store, New Pour Toous, Food Link and Solar Kitchen. In this receptions was shown what was done trough the past and how much energy and will is taken today to follow the main idea and guidance of The Mother about basic needs of people who come to Auroville to participate with their energy, love and service, and where money exchange should not occur. So, in Nandini are already around 600 people involved, and in New Pour Tous counts over 400 members, and Free Store is visited daily by 40 to 50 people.
Thursday, 16 July 2009
My name is Muthukumar. I was born in Kuilapalayam in a poor family and studied in a government school there until the 4th standard. In 1994 I got the chance to join the Life Education Center in Kottakarai, where I studied for the next 7 years, learning masonry and typing. Also I learned about Auroville and the works of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo. Then, after studying in Pondicherry for 2 years, I got married. My next work was at Siddhartha Farm, and in the Auroville Boutique. But I would like to work in the area of social work. Now I'm working at the cafe “le Morgan” in the city center where I am happy; I have a beautiful life in Auroville. mp3/2009_04_22_interview_muthukumar_city_center_tamil_lite.mp3&totalTime=9:55
Wednesday, 01 July 2009
Give them Nothing to eat but vegetables and water to drink. They don't eat animals, they love them. Ann, Zack, Jordan and Egor have different reasons for deciding to go vegan, but the deep reason for it at all that Great Spirit created our Earth to be a Paradise for all of us not just people but animals too. Ann, an author of the book “Paradise paradigm and Veganism” was flabbergasted to learn that many diseases can be completely reversed by making simple changes in diet. Why are we just now learning this, when it should be headline news? More importantly, why aren't doctors practicing this? On top of that the ethical and environmental arguments were made by many researchers during last years which you can find extremely compelling. Listen to what vegans say and make your own decisions.
Monday, 01 June 2009
Right above the Solar Kitchen,the most popular lunching venue for Aurovillians, sits La Terrace, a café quite able to compete. This edition of Towards Sustainability with Marc from La Terrace looks at sustainability through a bit of a different lens. Through investigation of the work environment and unstable history of La Terrace to tracking the food systems which support this café, Marc explains the aspirations and achievements of one of Auroville's favorite restaurants.
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Would you like to save money, eat less, feel better, and help the environment all at once? A new revolution in eating, the raw food diet may lead you to do all of this and more. This edition of Towards Sustainability will delve into inner as well as outer sustainability. Are you familiar with Prana: the life force? According to Anandi, Prana is most available to humans in raw food. Listen to the following interview with Anandi from KOFPU to learn more about the benefits of raw food, her personal journey, and upcoming workshops so you can learn to cook and eat raw as well. “You are what you eat!”
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Maurice has been in Auroville for 30 years and has been working with AquaDyn since five years. In this interview he talks about the development of Aquadyn and the methods and techniques that he uses for the treatment of drinking water. Recognizing the importance of the global problem of potable water, and more specifically the treatment thereof, AquaDyn aims to produce pure, clean and "living" water beneficial to good health.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Today a special green and tasty magazine with Hendrik the Spirulina farmer of Auroville. Since 1997,Simplicity Spirulina Farm is growing spirulina for consumption in Auroville itself and also for sale outside. Spirulina is a tiny blue-green algae in the shape of a perfect spiral coil. Biologically speaking, it is one of the oldest inhabitants of the planet. Spirulina is called a super food because its nutrient content is more potent than any other food. For more information click here. mp3/2008_12_17_radio_program_magazine_hendrik_spirulina_english_lite.mp3&totalTime=9:51
Friday, 19 December 2008
Mozzarella, Auroblochon et autre Parmigiano. A la simple évocation de ces quelques noms, les auroviliens en manque de lait fermenté salivent. Depuis une vingtaine d'année, Olivier fait tourner la fromagerie et s'efforce de répondre à une demande croissante et de plus en plus exigeante. Mais Olivier est un aurovilien aux multiples façettes. Si durant la journée, il fait valser les fromages aux quatre coins d'Auroville et de l'Inde, le soir venu c'est lui qui virevolte et tournoie.
Monday, 10 November 2008
Bharat Nivas Group organized a food festival called 'Paratha Wali Gully' at Kala Kendra from 29-31 August, 2008. Rangeeta Murada, chef and restauranteur who lives in Pondicherry initiated the idea and managed the kitchen. Some 300 people tasted her parathas over the 3 days and the festival was very successful. She speaks about parathas, the festival, her background and future plans.
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Con quella faccia da straniero Maurizio Gabriel dopo un periplo con tappe a Roma e Gerusalemme approda ad Auroville con un bagaglio composto da chitarre e mandolini. Attualmente, oltre alla musica, collabora con il nuovo Pour Tous nella produzione di deliziosi ravioli e pesti vari. Come un musicista si adatta al lavoro collettivo, quali sono le differenze tra suonare in Europa e a Auroville? Per ascoltare l'intervista cliccare sul logo play...
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Kottakarai Organic Food Processing Unit was started by Sharanam, an Aurovilian (Spanish) with 10 years of experience in the field of agro-chemistry and food technology in Spain, took the initiative to set up an organic food-processing unit in Auroville. Since Saranam went back Anandi an Indian Aurovilian with a background in nutrition and traditional food production, took over and developed new recipes using varagu, a local grain, and millet mix.
Friday, 14 March 2008
La entrevista de esta semana es con la joven pareja Thiago y Ana, que nos cuentan su trabajo en Auroville: desarrollar el proyecto Tierra de Niños – Creadores de Esperanza. En esta charla nos hablan del programa, cual el objetivo y los valores que buscan compartir con los participantes del proyecto. Nos explican como integrar la espiritualidad en la educacion y cuales son las actividades practicas que los niños desarrollan para crear su propia Tierra.
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Just behind the Bharat Nivas building, the Indus Valley Thought Masala restaurant has been conducting an experiment in developing a gift economy in Auroville. Since January 2006 the initiative fills a gap, but so far the gifts seem to fall behind.The self sustained restaurant serves meals, snacks and drinks, not for a fixed price, but instead relies on the voluntary contribution of its clients. Through this sharing and giving, Indus Valley hopes to create “a radiant atmosphere of joy, which has the potential of transforming our lives in Auroville”. Read more
Wednesday, 21 June 2006
At the border between the industrial zone and the Green Belt, Alok Aurovillian receives us in his house - workshop - storage. After a long software experience and studies abroad, Alok dedicates himself to his unit Cuppa Chai but also to Salsa, Auroville Choir, Accounting for the comunity etc. Very motivated and concentrated in an atmosphere of mantras and Mother's words Alok will make, slowly but surely, Cuppa Chai and his concept grow and grow and grow... Insight is broadcast each day at 8:15 AM and 8:15 PM (Indian Local Time).
Saturday, 17 June 2006
Presentation by the Pour Tous Study Group followed by a discussion: Thursday Oct. 6th, 4.30 pm at the new Pour Tous building (next to Solar Kitchen), Auroville. Proposal to create a new For All - Pour Tous organisation whose aim will be to provide for the materials needs of all in kind without any exchange of money. Proposal to utilise the new Pour Tous building as a istribution Centre that will provide everyone with what Auroville can offer, but from which one won't be able to buy anything. Within this framework, proposal to offer a new food & sundry package to all participants. The ideas we wish to discuss with you aim at putting into practice the principles given by the Mother for Auroville.
Thursday, 15 December 2005