Aurogreen: 35 acres, of which one is irrigated. Grows citrus fruits, papaya, cow fodder and vegetables on the irrigated land. Also has large orchards of non-irrigated cashew, jackfruit, chiku, mango and tamarind under dry land conditions, plus some forest land, with timber trees inter-planted around the farm and in a number of separate plots. Additionally, there is a small dairy. The farm uses TNEB main well pump and solar panel booster pump sets for drip and micro sprinkler system on the irrigated plots.
Aurogreen is one of the oldest Auroville farms. It lies in the Green Belt, on the northeast side of the city. Having started it in 1975, Charlie still manages the farm. It covers about 35 acres of which 13 acres are set up for irrigation. The irrigation capacity is currently limited due to the cost of Tamil Nadu State supplied electricity, for pumping, and the great depth of the water table.
Six and a half acres of mango and cashew orchard are grown under dry land conditions, although this orchard is currently in a sad condition, due to the lack of irrigation. Aurogreen has a dairy with seven cows and keeps 300 chickens, to provide Auroville with milk, cheese and eggs. The farm supplies mostly to Green Belt residents, in its immediate surrounding, and to Pour Tous (AV shop) and the Solar Kitchen.
Since the water table has gone down drastically over the years, so as to replace traditional flood irrigation, three solar panel pump sets have been installed, combined with drip and sprinkler systems. This has resulted in reducing the overall dependency on electricity and the all over water consumption on the farm. As a community, Aurogreen uses biogas for cooking.Charlies' current emphasis is on reducing costs and stabilising income. The farm is open to guests.