Farms - Sustainable agricultural development


Spiruline in Windarra farm
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by Annie   
Thursday, 14 March 2013
A team  (Photographer: Annie)Spiruline, a magic waterplant identified as the food of the future for its fantastic healthy components is produced in Auroville since 15 years, the local climate  adds an important criterium of quality : SUNDRIED,  so the plants don't lose any quality during that process . This farming is expending in terms of quantity and variety, including news plants often produced outside the farm (alfalfa ........) as new kinds of farm products . The farm is now totally located in Windarra farm. More than a job for the workers , a daily slice of life. Read more

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Permaculture Workshop
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by Annie   
Thursday, 14 February 2013
students (Photographer: Annie)From Saturday 8th till sunday 10th February at Solitude Farm a group of around 20 people participates in a permaculture workshop. They were tought about permaculture which is the farming system of Solitude. With all explanations from Krishna, head of the farm, within 2 days, they prepared a field and did the planting. There You'll hear about seeds, combination of different plants. He talked about Fukuoka's book the Japonese "father" of permaculture. The book is available at Free Land book shop in Auroville. The book shop is in Edayanchavadi. Read more

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Foodlink in New Spaces
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by Shirin   
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Isabelle (Photographer: Shirin)About the same time as new Cycle Kiosk construction, at the area of Solar Kitchen and PTDC, was "growing" up, also the new dismoutable house was growing across the road. In about three months the work was done, and since two days the Foodlink is gratefully occupying the new spaces, just behind Nandini. About construction, the cost and the purpose of this new building Isabelle shares with us, along with the updates on their work, and plans for the future. From next Friday, 25th we can also purchase vegetables and food directly with them. Read more

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Harvesting Rice at Solitude
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by Stella   
Wednesday, 07 March 2012
Rice Harvest Solitude (Photographer: Stella)The rice harvest at Solitude has started, and the farms volunteers from many different countries have begun to work in the rice paddy field. Only organic vegetables and grains are grown in Solitude, always following the principle of biodiversity and crop variety. How do the volunteers like the hard work in the field? Listen to the sounds of the rice field, the workers impressions, and Josh, who explains the philosophy behind the rice cultivation and the current situation. Anyone is welcome to join the rice harvest if they are interested. Read more

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Sadhana forest after cyclone
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by Hans Beuken   
Monday, 02 January 2012
Clothes drying (Photographer: Jakub Zeman)You can hear interviews and soundscapes from sadhana forest, recorded 2nd of january 2012, a couple of days after cyclone Thane hit the community. Aviram, founder of Sadhana forest, speaks about his experience and the consequences for his home. Also some of the volunteers active at Sadhana share their feelings about the storm passing by and what needs to be done now. Although the conditions are harsh, all the volunteers keep their spirits high. Sadhana forest, a forest in the making, will recover and keep on growing... Read more

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With the Support of Community
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by Andrea   
Friday, 12 August 2011
Jeff is a member of the Farm Goup (Photographer: Andrea)The Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan Steering Group prepared on Thursday 11th of August an interesting, and vital to us all presentation on the Five Years Plan. It should secure sustainable grown produce by increase of our own production, which can be done only by the help of the community, by using land more efficiently, by a higher involvement of people in agriculture and by the change of the food habits. Not just the Farm Group but each key sector of the community needs to think of how to be sustainable, to increase awareness.

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Farm Group Seminar
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by Lauren and Louis   
Friday, 29 October 2010
Ilona, Isabell, Jeff (Photographer: Louis Silverstone)In this presentation, Ilona, Isabell, and Jeff, give an overview of food production and the farm group in Auroville. Their comments go into detail about the total arable land under cultivation in Auroville, and issues surrounding eating locally and organically grown food in India. Their presentation also speaks to the food security imperative to increase the proportion of food produced in Auroville to be consumed by Aurovilians. Foodlink and small scale gardening are also discussed.

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Tomas talks about Annapurna farm
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by Elaine   
Monday, 07 June 2010

Thomas and André (Photographer: )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.”

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