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Re: a Natural Farm in India

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  • Jason
    Thanks Thomas, excellent & inspiring farm, by the sounds, not perfected yet but unfolding in the perfect direction... . Thanks for the good info & news. Jase
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      Thanks Thomas,

      excellent & inspiring farm, by the sounds, not perfected yet but unfolding in the perfect direction... . Thanks for the good info & news.

      Jase in Oz.

      --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, Yugandhar S <s.yugandhar@...> wrote:
      >
      > Dear Thomas,
      > Very interesting info. Actually, I have a long pending plan of visiting
      > pondicherry to learn natural eye treatment exercises in Aurobindo ashram.
      >
      > A google search for 'Solitude farm auroville' gives these results among many
      > other relevant ones.
      >
      > http://solitudefarm.blogspot.com/
      >
      > http://www.myspace.com/solitudefarm
      >
      > http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pondicherry/Solitude-Farm-Organic-Kitchen/71235202616
      >
      > Regards
      > Yugandhar
      >
      >
      > On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 6:31 PM, thomcprestes <thomcprestes@...>wrote:
      >
      > >
      > >
      > > Dear friends,
      > >
      > > I have spent the last 7 weeks in a farm in Auroville, next to Pondicherry,
      > > Tamilnadu, India, and I wish to inform you about the place, for I think it's
      > > of the highest interest for anyone who is into Natural Farming.
      > >
      > > The farm is called Solitude Farm, and is ran by Krishna Mackenzie, who
      > > -several years ago, after meeting Fukuoka and taking part in a workshop with
      > > some of his assistants- began to seriously apply Natural Farming Philosophy
      > > and Methods to his farm.
      > >
      > > Nowadays Solitude Farm is really a place of beauty. I was so amazed by the
      > > diversity and richness of life I found in that place. Pumpkins hanging from
      > > papaya trees, climbing on bushes; food crops popping up on every corner;
      > > fruits, vegetables, roots, pulses, grains - everything very well mixed up,
      > > growing together. The place has it's own wind mill, pumping water from the
      > > ground; solar panels for energy; compost toilets and natural buildings
      > > (huts, capsules, etc.) for the volunteers who stay there, and more...
      > >
      > > Amongst the crops, there are papayas, coconuts, mangos, bananas, chicos,
      > > acerola, lemon, different varieties of rice, corn, lentils, dals, ragi,
      > > millet (the native traditional varieties such as ragi and varagu),
      > > vegetables and salads such as tomatoes, aubergines, pumpkins, lettuce,
      > > rocket, basil, radish, capsicums, there is also peanuts, rosela, beans, etc.
      > >
      > > Krishna is currently growing some Natural Farming (no till) rice, and is
      > > converting his other fields (where he had rice, ragi and other grains grown
      > > with the help of the plow, or at least by turning the soil with a hand tool)
      > > to Natural Farming. He's been doing a lot of experimentation, and is trying
      > > to find the perfect inter-cropping and continuous crop rotation for his
      > > fields. One of his experiments consists in alternating rice (he is looking
      > > for good natural/local intercrop for his rice), then after the rice some
      > > vegetables and salads, and after that some green manure.
      > >
      > > But perhaps most importantly, I found that the passion, seriousness and
      > > energy that Krishna and people that come to work in the farm have are of the
      > > greatest relevance and interest. If you are living at Solitude farm, you
      > > will give yourself to the life and work with body and soul. And as far as
      > > I'm concerned it's difficult to avoid that sort of immersion, being there
      > > with these people who have such an intense energy and focus.
      > >
      > > Krishna is looking for more long term volunteers, who would be seriously
      > > interested in learning about natural farming, and who would be living there
      > > for maybe around 6 months or more. I felt that was a rather valuable
      > > information for this group, so I pass it on...!
      > >
      > > I'll send some pictures I made from Solitude Farm as soon as possible, and
      > > I'll invite Krishna to join this group (even though his access to the
      > > internet is really limited...).
      > >
      > > For more information, you can maybe access Krisha's band website and
      > > myspace:
      > >
      > > http://www.emergence.in
      > >
      > > http://www.myspace.com/emergencemusic
      > >
      > > I'm pretty sure there is a Facebook group for Solitude Farm, where you'll
      > > find pictures and videos as well as news and information, but since I don't
      > > have a Facebook account I cannot help with that.
      > >
      > > To contact Krishna: krishnamckenzie AT auroville.org.in (substitute AT for
      > > @)
      > >
      > > Best regards
      > > and happy farming,
      > >
      > > Thomas
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >
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