Brihaspati: Total acreage of the farm is 19 acres, of which 12 are in cashew production. The remaining land is devoted to fodder crops to support a 15-cow dairy herd and vegetables.
Brihaspati farm lies beyond the village of Edianchiavadi , to the west of Auroville on the edge of the Green Belt. The area occupied by the farm is a former cashew tope. Iyanar, the current steward, moved to Brihaspati in 2002, immediately after the departure of former residents who lacked farming experience. In the same year Auroville purchased land for a neighbouring horse farm called Red Earth Riding School .
The farm totals nineteen acres of which twelve are planted with cashew. The soil varies a great deal, from relatively fertile loams around a nearby lake, to gravel in gullies. It currently employs seven labourers, one of whom is Iyanar's assistant.
The farm recently got an electrical (backup) connection for a 5 HP submersible pump. The main crops currently grown on the farm are bananas, papaya, cucumber, vegetables, spinach, lady's fingers, gourds, lemon, and cashew. These are supplied to two AV shops and a restaurant. The farm has seven milking cows yielding around 30 litres a day. The milk is distributed to Aspiration community, New Creation Corner and the Visitors Centre.Iyanar admits that it is hard work and that it is financially not easy to start a farm. However, he feels that this is to be expected. He is confident that things will improve. Like Murthy, he wants to insure a substantial food supply to Auroville, maintaining a stable income and profit. Considering that the farm is a very new one, Iyanar has done quite well in his first year as an AVFG member. The acreage for vegetables has been increased, new crops are tried and the all over food production has increased considerably, leading to a relatively healthy economic status of the farm.