Solitude farm is an Auroville centre for permaculture and natural farming, a sustainability project on 6 acres that aims at integrating permaculture and natural farming with an organic restaurant and education in the form of internships and workshops. There is place for arts and creative activities with a strong focus on community. Solitude is also home to the dynamic rock band ‘Emergence’.
Located near the Visitor Center , behind the Tibetan pavilion, Solitude was started in January 1996 by a group of young Aurovillians with the vision of creating a self-sustainable farming-community. Krishna, one of the pioneers, has developed the farm with the ideas of Masanobu Fukuoka (one straw revolution) and permaculture techniques.
The farm is a 6 acres plot and grows indigenous millets and rice, oil seeds, grams and pulses, a wide diversity of vegetables and 16 varieties of fruit trees. They aim of creating a dynamic integrated lifestyle, leaving space for music and arts with farming as the foundation of the community.
The farm also runs an organic restaurant, called CHANDNI' S and serves lunches and dinners with food grown on the farm and from other Auroville farms. The produce from the farm also goes to Auroville shops and the solar kitchen.
There are 6 people living at Solitude with a healthy floating population of volunteers who are welcome to dive into the life on the community.
The farm is self sustainable financially due to the restaurant and contributions from volunteers, but they seek donations for infrastructure development.
The farm has just submitted a project to get funds for the construction of an educational centre, to develop courses on experiential sustainability, a new dormitory and a food processing unit/kitchen/restaurant.
People.Food.Music: Bringing Permaculture to people in rural India using community, food and music.