Fertile started as a community settlement in 1972. It was one of the first reforestation communities along with Forecomers.
Acreage: 54 acres | Steward: Johnny
During the first 10 years the main focus was reforestation but this has evolved into an “informal” campus of vocational training, social and educational center that organizes field trips, cultural exchanges, and informal learning for children and adults alike.
The Fertile community hosted and organized the “Water Mela” (Mela means Festival) in November 2021, that held presentations from various experts, many informative panels, demonstrations and action plans. Fertile is also one of the main promoters and organizers of the “Endangered Craft Mela”, where craftsmen/women from the bioregion and Auroville are invited to showcase their particular crafts.
Baraka ForestA Sanctuary for Rescued HorsesIt was the mid-70s when Vijay started planting trees in what is now Baraka. Many fruit trees were planted, and a beautiful fruit orchard was established with mangoes, tamarinds and other varieties.The community consists of 40 acres of forested land and 5 acres of orchards and residential area. It is run with solar power, there is no connection to the grid. There is only a backup generator for the solar pump that is used during the cloudy monsoon days.Acreage: 40 acres | Steward: Achilles
Nine PalmsNine Palms is an expansive forest that was started in the early days of Auroville, around 50 years ago. It protects a major canyon system and allows for percolation of rainwater. The Nine Palms dam systems hold large amounts of water as well. Agricultural activities are undertaken in certain areas, and livestock are also kept.Acreage: 62 | Stewards: Shivaji, Shanti
Shakti Nursery and HerbariumRe-creating the Indigenous ForestRain Tree, planted in 1985, with a circumference of 218 inches and a crown span of 38 m Shakti Nursery is part of a wider project that aims at re-creating the indigenous forest in the Green Belt area of Auroville.Acreage: Stewards: Walter and Luk