Overview of Farming in Auroville
In an agrarian country like India, where farming forms the backbone of the economy, farming has been promoted as an important activity in Auroville. The aspiration is multi-pronged – to meet the food demands of the community, to encourage more of its young inhabitants to take up this profession, and to generate an awareness for organically cultivated food and its benefits.
- Auroville Farmers
- Varieties of Crops
- Food Processing Units
- Private Property
Farming in Auroville
While all farmers were united with a vision to produce organic food for the community in a sustainable way, farmers in Auroville have enjoyed the liberty to practice diverse techniques and philosophies.
Food and Community
Food is not something to be consumed ignorantly but to be imbibed with a high level of awareness and consciousness of where it comes from, how it is made etc. This can be established only if the consumer establishes a connection with nature and the food grown.
The community is made aware of the fact that it is healthier to eat organic homegrown food and that it is more cost-effective to purchase Auroville produce.
Auroville Farm Group (AVFG)
Aurovillians primarily engaged in growing Auroville’s food are united under the Auroville Farm Group, each working with some combination of orchards, crop fields, vegetable gardens and/or dairy. The Auroville farm group offers mutual support and cooperation among the various farms at Auroville while facilitating problem-solving and funding appeals. It takes collective responsibility for its members and represents them in the community.