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Message from Krishna

Dear Friends,

I have always felt my music and the farm are two sides of me. They are not in opposition, they feed off each other. I can not do one without the other!
Recently due to the fact that my dear friend Mishko M'Ba who played bass in my band Emergence, had to leave India due to problems with his visa, I have been playing less and I have felt the absence of music in my life. Recently I started a new lineup with friends in Auroville, the bass player, Dhani Muniz, is extremely talented and Another friend has joined on keys which brings a new harmonic color to the music. Last Month we had a small show at the Auroville Film Festival and on the 7th of February we will be performing at Solitude Farm.
We are also working on a show that we will be bringing to Chennai which involves a talk, music, slide show, cooking demonstration and more.
Music is back I hope to share more with you soon!

  

Yours,   
Krishna

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

 

Community Supported Agriculture | Fruit & Vegetable Basket


Every week we distribute 26 baskets with over 14 different vegetables and fruits. This amounts to about 400 kgs a month, not to mention what is sold in the shop and cooked in the cafe. These baskets are a feast to the eyes and the palette! 
Everyone has to eat why not eat superior tasting food that grow with less water that has high nutritional and medicinal values, has no ecological cost and relevant to our local culture? This basket is an Act of Love. 
 



CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. We are able to value these foods because we are creating a community around the subject of nutrition. The longer participants subscribe for the baskets the cheaper they are and the closer their connection with the farm and their understanding of these local foods the more we can offer. 
Baskets are available for pick up from the farm on Monday and Friday and there is a Pondicherry pickup Wednesday afternoon.
Please email solitudepermaculture@gmail.com for sign up. 

Field Notes
Dioscorea | Wild Yam

This amazing plant Dioscorea Bulbifera has been silently growing for last 2 years on various papayas and bananas in one of our fields. We heard from a friend that Deepika who has had amazing results with this wild yam was harvesting now, so we took a look!



The tubers were pushing up through the earth and we carefully dug out around them with a crowbar and mumati. This highly medicinal and nutritious yam suddenly appears and creates a huge amount of organic matter. They have beautiful love heart shape leaves that can be used in steam-distillation, against pink-eye and sap expressed from the vine stems is applied to treat purulent ophthalmia and snake-bite. 



These huge irregular shaped roots have anti-aging properties, tissue rejuvenation and helps improve sperm production. The juice is taken to expel threadworm and there are so many other medicinal values, it is crazy! 



Although we have used this before and we know it's very delicious, due to an interventional style of agriculture of which we are only just emerging from, this plant which is slowly establishing its presence on the farm, is still not part of our nutritional consciousness, so we are exploring traditional recipes and digging into the cultural heritage, bringing this plant back to its rightful place of prominence and value. 


Solitude Farm Cafe


Visit From Rishi Valley 

Some days the Cafe is absolutely packed. Today 53 children (grade 6) and teachers from Rishi Valley School KFI, had lunch at the Cafe. It's very interesting how different schools and different children relate to the farm and the food. For some already being in such a natural environment is a challenge. For many children this age raised on more industrialised food the Thali that we offer is very new for them, many children will never touch the papaya because they have never had a good experience with eating papaya. Tasty papaya is not available in shops! 

I talked to these children about how we have lost our relationship with Mother Nature and how not knowing where our food comes from is really a reflection of that loss. We talked about industrialisation of food, cultural identity and carbon footprint. The children were so receptive, curious and warm. Unlike some schools who come here they finished all the food on their plates. I shared with some of the teachers that these kids simply by living in Rishi Valley with the intention of the school, they had already covered so much ground to sensitize them to this subject. After lunch, a tour of the farm and a tasty Butterfly Pea Juice, one boy came upto me and said "Krisha Sir, I promise you, when I am done with RV, I will come here and we will do something together. "
Working and sharing my work with kids is truly a great privilege! 
 

Solitude Farm Cafe - Open | Mon-Sat | 9AM - 3PM

Music from Solitude

Color Blind - EMERGENCE | Chosen By God
You can listen to all Emergence tracks here


What is happening on the farm ?



Regular Workshops 

Every Saturday 11:30 A.M - Weekly tour and introduction to the Solitude Farm


Every Friday 9:30 AM | Natural Soap Making Workshop 
It is imperative that we stop polluting our water sources with chemical soaps. By making our own soap with natural local resources, we can recycle all our waste water to grow food. The Process is simple, easy and fun. 

Every Wednesday  9:30 AM | Secrets Of Our Salad: An Introduction to Permaculture 
Secrets of our Salads is an exploration of the values of local food which is at the very heart of permaculture.


Every Tuesday 9:30 AM | Cooking With Local Food
The wealth of local foods, their nutritional and ayurvedic values reflects the greatness of this culture. Many of these foods have been eclipsed by the industrialised agriculture and this workshop aims teaching people how to revalue them in traditional and fusion cooking styles.

Please email us at solitudepermaculture@gmail.com to sign up for the workshops. 
Contribution required  for all the workshops, except the weekly farm tour. 




3 Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop 
People have so many concepts about everything even about Permaculture! It means different things for different people. For me permaculture really boils down to the food on the table. This is a photo from the Secrets Of Our Salad, which is one of the module from 3 day Intensive Permaculture Workshop which is happening 7th to 9th Feb 2020. All this produce was harvested by workshop participants and transformed in the most amazing salad that demonstrates all the important characteristic of local food, include a direct solution to climate change. Learning about local foods in this very practical way starts to integrate permaculture in your daily life. 
Dates for upcoming Permaculture workshop: 7th to 9th Feb 2020, 27th to 29th March 2020, 10th to 12 April 2020

Please email us at solitudepermaculture@gmail.com to sign up

Update on Mid-Day Meal Scheme
We are looking for an enthusiastic, pro-active individual who is willing to intern for three months to help facilitate preliminary mapping and analysis. This internship would provide the opportunity to experience starting with the ground work to run the pilot project. 
Skill: 
1. Fluency in English and Tamil
2. Advanced computer skills, data compilation and analysis and creating presentations
3. Grant writing and project report writing. Any experience in facilitating a project, background in social work, development studies will be added advantage. This position is open for candidates in and around Pondicherry.
Interested candidates who meet this criteria can email their CV to solitudepermacultre@gmail.com

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