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02 Feb / 2011Program by:

From Dust to Forest

As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovillians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville’s greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?…

…Different people, all involved in Auroville’s food sector, give their personal views and opinions on these matters from their own background… In this first interview Charlie (Aurogreen Farm) gives his view on the history and challenges of farming in Auroville. Arriving in the early seventies Charlie decided to start a farm, named Aurogreen. Although at the present moment not completely in production, Charlie created a green land of forests, orchards and dairy, all produced according to organic principles. Next he gives us an insight in the developments the local peasants went through till the present day. From an rural area with villages completely dependent on there own food production did the larger Auroville developed into flourishing Tamil communities with modern needs.