Ayarpadi: 7 acres with 22 cows and 50 chickens. In the rainy season the farm grows peanuts, kambu and rice. 5 acres under irrigation yield vegetables and cow grass. The farm uses a solar system for its water supply. The farm has accommodation for volunteer workers.
After farming for three years in the community of Horizon, Murthy set up Ayarpadi Farm in January 2002. It is on four acres of land located along the road to Kottakarai, behind Bharat Nivas. He grows seasonal crops on another eight acres, which the International Zone will eventually take over again for its expansion.
The farm, with a house for Murthy & family, has a solar system with submergible pump, an irrigation system and a cowshed. The soil is a mixture of clay and sand, of medium quality. Murthy irrigates a total of three acres with drip irrigation, for growing cow-grass, vegetables and fruits. On the remaining acres he grows rice, peanuts and kumbu. Murthy uses organic pesticides (neem). The permanent staff is currently three men plus one amma.
The dairy has 30 cows, yielding a total of 85 litres of milk daily. The dairy is supplemented with thirty chickens. So far no bio-gas has been installed.
There will be the possibility of expanding the farm, along the road to Kottakarai. At this stage in its development, Murthy's objective of Ayarpadi Farm is as follows: “To ensure basic income and profit, through a substantial and consistent food supply to Auroville”. He is one of the busiest AVFG farmers and is extremely focussed on his work. On the whole he is happy with the progress on his farm, though he could use investment money to do more than he does now. Helping guests are welcome on the farm.
Contact Murthy, Ph.0413-2622864