We are pleased to update you with our work. On completion of the 3-year term of the earlier Land Board, a new team was constituted in May 2018 after comprehensive tests and exercise. The new Land Board team consists of Banumathi, Yuval, Helena and Padmanabhan.
A Living Story of Organic, Sustainable Agriculture in Tamil Nadu, India.
Acres for Auroville donations have helped secure 10.36 new Greenbelt acres! The International Advisory Council officially expresses appreciation for A4A's work.
Annapurna Farm is Auroville’s biggest farm - its focus is organic rice and millet production as well as being Auroville’s largest dairy - today the only certified organic dairy in South India.
Hermitage is located on the extreme end of the Auroville “galaxy”, consisting of approximately 74 acres. Primarily canyon land, Hermitage is a starkly beautiful landscape and now home to a rich variety of wildlife. The steward of this land, Bernd, says, “When I became steward of Hermitage in 1989 there was hardly any grass cover worth the name, - let alone biodiversity in fauna and flora! Looking back, Hermitage has evolved tremendously. Stewarding this Auroville land has been so very satisfying that I would do it again. I created a forest!”
Thanks to your donations to the ‘Acres for Auroville’ campaign, another new strategic plot in the Greenbelt was just purchased in March! Since January alone, A4A donations have financed four new plots of vital Master Plan land, making 8 plots total so far - all thanks to your solidarity!
The GreenAcres campaign aims at securing 20 plots crucial for the immediate future of the Auroville's Greenbelt. One year of the campaign now makes a first acquisition possible - but this can be but a beginning step! Today, 60% of the Greenbelt surrounding the City Area - and protecting it - still needs to be purchased. Join us to get this precious land now!
GreenAcres started off just a year ago as a campaign for 20 priority plots in the Greenbelt. We are happy to announce that a tiny bit more of Auroville will manifest with the donations which have come in! This update is meant to encourage all of Auroville's friends to promote GreenAcres with their green contacts in India and abroad to develop support for Auroville’s ecological work from like-minded organizations and potential donors!
The first AV Barefoot Run took place through the greenery of Auroville on Sunday April 17th with 55 runners - Aurovilians, volunteers, Ashramites, friends from Pondicherry and Chennai and even from Tirupati! The 10-kilometer route wound through Auroville's forests, with proceeds going to the GreenAcres campaign for more land purchase and greening of Auroville's land.
Our First GreenAcres newsletter with info on Auroville Green Projects and updates of GreenAcres fundraising campaign will reach you very soon! You will get to know the many facets of Farming, Forestry, Sustainable living, alternative energy and habitat.