Windarra farm grows vegetables, fruit, and monsoon-fed field crops like sesame, tennai and rosella. The natural farming methods include mixed crops, mulching, green manure, vermi-compost, as well as application of liquid manures from the herbs of the farm, tulsi and neem. Water is pumped by a windmill and solar pump as well as an electrical pump for the sprinkler and drip irrigation in the vegetable section. Windarra is also home to a mushroom and a spirulina farming unit. There is emphasis on community life, with regular workshops, activities and accommodation for volunteers.
Windarra started as a farm community 1998 on 22 acres land between the villages Kottakarai and Allankuppam with 2 Australians, Friederike, a German, with her children and an Indian woman.
The vision was to establish a mixed farm with cows chicken, fruit orchards, rain fed field crop, vegetable and forest and share the work. Soon after, 3 members left Auroville and Friederike was in charge of the farm for 12 years.
In January 2011, Joan, Sandyra and Jorge came to Windarra and started a holistic farm project. TerraSoul community was born. The community carries the aspiration and realization of the whole project.
We are a learning community, our holistic approach embraces farming, arts, education and healing. Everybody is involved in farm related work, and at the same time all have the chance to develop individual talents through workshops and projects. We enjoy common living, common working, common facilities and common activities.
Our vision is to live a holistic natural life, to respect and enjoy mother earth and all living beings, to celebrate human unity and to express ourselves in fullness.
Organic farming is our foundation with the goal to provide food for Auroville.
Our approach is to combine traditional farming in its most natural form with permaculture and biodynamics.
We cultivate a variety of vegetables originated in the region, grains like red rice and varagu as well as peanuts, tennai and sesame. In our organic orchard grow among others: guava, mango, banana, papaya, coconut, rosella, citrus, chiku.
Papaya and salad are our bestsellers, followed by rucola, spring onions, rosella, bananas, cherry tomatoes, bottle gourds, long beans, basil, cucumber, ladies fingers, eggplants and eggs, chemical-free from our free-range chickens.
The water is pumped by a windmill, a solar pump as well as an electrical pump.
One of our aims is to be independent from outside labor and manage our daily work together with the volunteers. As essential part of TerraSoul community, volunteers provide help in the farm, fresh ideas and a cultural exchange. The sharing of knowledge and mutual inspiration enrich our life. Hence our volunteers are fully integrated in all aspects of community life and activities.