Photographer:Gijs, Guiomar | Deepika and Bernard Photographer:Gijs, Guiomar | Bernard Photographer:Gijs, Guiomar | Deepika Photographer:Gijs, Guiomar | Pebbles Photographer:Gijs, Guiomar | Seeds Photographer:Gijs, Guiomar | Raised Beds Photographer:Gijs, Guiomar | Preventing cross-polination
09 Feb / 2011Program by:

From Pebbles to Seed Preservation

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 ninth interview Deepika and Bernard (Pebble Garden) talk about their garden and their mission in preserving the seeds of some of India’s forgotten vegetables. Although not involved in the food group or ASAP Bernard and Deepika have some interesting remarks to share with us from their background as promoters of organic farming throughout India. Bernard is seen as one of the key initiators of the organic food movement in the Indian subcontinent. For their own enjoyment they created a vegetable garden on a soil characterized by merely pebbles. Similar to the techniques of permeculture, as explained by Krishna in the previous talk, Deepika and Bernard discovered their own way of restoring the soil by merely observation and experiments. Pebble Garden works for the preservation of rare vegetables. Giant wingbeans, perennial spinach and bottle gourd, are just a few to mention. To finish, these keen observers share their view on Auroville and sustainability with us.
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