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OUR PROJECTS

Solitude Farm is on a mission to reconnect people with local food and reclaim their nutritional cultural identity. We want people to revalue forgotten foods and use them in their daily lives. Our vision is to spread this mantra throughout Auroville in the form of various projects.

Eat Local Week

Not everyone is a farmer but everyone needs to eat! Participants harvest, prepare and cook 3 meals a day. We cover produce such as green papaya, air potato, balloon vine, millets, Moringa leaves, chicken spinach, soursop and so many more. This helps people understand that nutritious and tasty food can easily become a part of our lives if we open our eyes to the bounty around us. Participants learn the medicinal value of plants, their corresponding unique tastes and textures and knowledge of how to grow them. This week-long event is a fast track reconnect to Mother Nature and local foods.

Eat Local Week

Not everyone is a farmer but everyone needs to eat! Participants harvest, prepare and cook 3 meals a day. We cover produce such as green papaya, air potato, balloon vine, millets, Moringa leaves, chicken spinach, soursop and so many more. This helps people understand that nutritious and tasty food can easily become a part of our lives if we open our eyes to the bounty around us. Participants learn the medicinal value of plants, their corresponding unique tastes and textures and knowledge of how to grow them. This week-long event is a fast track reconnect to Mother Nature and local foods.

Chinna Mudaliar Chavadi Circle Gardens

Towards the end of November 2015 a group of children approached us from Chinna Mudaliar Chavadi, a village near Auroville, asking us to teach them how to start a vegetable garden. They came to Solitude Farm and we took them through our circle garden workshop. The following week we went to their village and made their first vegetable garden. Not only did those children learn about food but their enthusiasm and willingness to grow food turned a dumpsite into a thriving garden. The project continued for a year with us going on a weekly basis to help plant, mulch, fence, water etc the plot. We also hosted the kids at Solitude Farm for lunch, music and workshops.

Chinna Mudaliar Chavadi Circle Gardens

Towards the end of November 2015 a group of children approached us from Chinna Mudaliar Chavadi, a village near Auroville, asking us to teach them how to start a vegetable garden. They came to Solitude Farm and we took them through our circle garden workshop. The following week we went to their village and made their first vegetable garden. Not only did those children learn about food but their enthusiasm and willingness to grow food turned a dumpsite into a thriving garden. The project continued for a year with us going on a weekly basis to help plant, mulch, fence, water etc the plot. We also hosted the kids at Solitude Farm for lunch, music and workshops.

The Permaculture Garden at the Town Hall

At Solitude, we have taken the initiative of creating circle gardens for the Auroville community. Our vision is to have such gardens all over Auroville: schools, public spaces and homes. The success of these gardens depends on the engagement of our community and there are many ways to engage people, offering harvest for free at the Town Hall is one of them. We envisage a group of Aurovillians taking care of one of these circles with support from Solitude Farm and other permaculture projects in Auroville will make food abundantly available for the entire community.

The Permaculture Garden at the Town Hall

At Solitude, we have taken the initiative of creating circle gardens for the Auroville community. Our vision is to have such gardens all over Auroville: schools, public spaces and homes. The success of these gardens depends on the engagement of our community and there are many ways to engage people, offering harvest for free at the Town Hall is one of them. We envisage a group of Aurovillians taking care of one of these circles with support from Solitude Farm and other permaculture projects in Auroville will make food abundantly available for the entire community.

The community garden project

In 2015, we went around weekly to different communities in Auroville starting circle gardens and sharing plants, seeds, trees, cuttings and creating a movement of community gardening. The project lay dormant for a number of years and was reborn during lock down in March 2020. Krishna went around communities and offered his own year long commitment to help people get their gardens going. The result of this project is humble and yet significant. Green papaya is now a recognised vegetable in Auroville. Drumstick spinach is used in some schools. There are people who regularly come together to work on community garden projects that we started with them.

The community garden project

In 2015, we went around weekly to different communities in Auroville starting circle gardens and sharing plants, seeds, trees, cuttings and creating a movement of community gardening. The project lay dormant for a number of years and was reborn during lock down in March 2020. Krishna went around communities and offered his own year long commitment to help people get their gardens going. The result of this project is humble and yet significant. Green papaya is now a recognised vegetable in Auroville. Drumstick spinach is used in some schools. There are people who regularly come together to work on community garden projects that we started with them.

Lively up Your Earth Eco-Music Festival

LUYE first started in 2010. The festival is an annual event which showcases upto 15 bands, numerous workshops, theatre, cooking demonstrations, kids activities and more, with more than 1500 festival goers this event is the cherry on the icing at Solitude Farm. This is a moment of celebration for the community.

How to Support Us?

The vast industrialisation of agriculture is rapidly destroying our world. Local food is a simple solution that undermines this loss of well-being.

Solitude Farm represents a road back to Nature and we need your help to sustain our efforts and the projects we are running. If you would like to support mother nature and local food at Solitude Farm, please click below.

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