Re: a Natural Farm in India
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
> 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
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