Siddhartha Farm: Situated on traditional rice land near Irumbai lake, with plans to develop into an integrated farm project. Includes a dairy, chickens, geese and a bakery. Varieties of rice, sugarcane and black gram are grown in rotation with green gram, peanuts, sesame, millets and dahl. Other crops are cashews, part of which are processed into butter. Organic jaggery is made on site. Solar irrigation feeds most of the planted areas, while lake water is used to irrigate the paddy fields. Biogas serves for domestic cooking.
Siddhartha Farm is located in the traditional rice-growing region surrounding the Irumbai water tank. It started in the mid 90s and is located roughly 1,5 km from Matrimandir. Herbert, one of the founders, is the steward and his aim is to convert the open fields into an integrated farm project, connected to bio dynamic farming. He envisions the farm to become a large-scale community supported project, growing a maximum of rice and grains for Auroville. There is still an option for growth of the farm. Land in the surrounding is available.
At present, the farm mainly produces rice, sugar cane and black gram, crops which are rotated with green gram, peanut, sesame, millet, dhal and cashew. There are cows (milk, Yoghurt) as well as geese, chicken, dogs and cats living on the farm.
Solar panels and drip irrigation are used on some of the crops and on some fields we use flood irrigation from the nearby lake as well as sprinkler irrigation.
Flood irrigation is extremely helpful specially for rice production where about 90% of the water is coming directly from the lake. Because of this, the farm can even have 2 rice harvests a year. The farm uses biogas for domestic cooking. A large proportion of the farm income comes from processing food, for sale in Auroville.
Herbert wants: “To ensure a good, stable food supply to Auroville.
This will be achieved by managing the physical environment effectively and ensuring financial sustainability.
In the wider context, it is also necessary to put in place better systems for collective food supply and distribution”.
Contact: Herbert, Ph. 90037-38560