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Dear Friends,
It's easy to talk about bringing what we're doing at Solitude Farm to local farmers. We aspire to create a profound social change through re-valuing our cultural nutritional heritage and honoring the bounty of Mother Nature. But how? For a long time I've been talking about connecting local farmers, the custodians of our culture, to local schools, providing children with local food for the midday meal scheme. Over the last three days I've been writing this presentation and I'd really love to share it with you. Please click on the link below and have a read. Please let us know your thoughts. 
   Mid-day Meal | Local Food Presentation 

“Food and medicine are not two different things: they are the front and back of one body.”
― Masanobu Fukuoka

Community Supported Agriculture | Fruit & Vegetable Basket

What's nice about these baskets is, every week there's something new. This week there's a lot of Custard Apple & Plantain along with Basella Spinach packed in Banana leaves. There's fresh Corn, Green Papaya, Cluster Beans and a bunch of other yummy local foods. The challenge some people face with these baskets is not knowing how to cook some of the produce. Industrialized agriculture has seriously limited nutritional diversity. Local foods that grow easily and have been part of our diets for centuries are suddenly lost. A whole generation knows nothing of their cultural nutritional heritage. These baskets address this cultural erosion & we support participants by offering them free cooking workshops at Solitude Farm Cafe. There is even a WhatsApp group where participants share recipes.

Baskets are available for pick up from the farm on Monday and Friday and there is a Pondicherry pickup Wednesday afternoon.
Please email for sign up. 

Localicious Thalis - Solitude Farm Cafe

Tapioca-Ragi Adai, Green Chutney, Coconut Chutney, Bottle Gourd Poriyal, Sundakai-Tattapayiru Kuttu, Pannai Keerai Curry, Varagu Millet, Green Papaya Salad, Horsegram Rasam, Greengram Payasam.

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

Recipe of the Week

How to Make Green Smoothie

How to Make Green Smoothie

Morning Harvest - Green Papaya 

Field Notes 
Soil Fertility is not a Concept

This soil is alive! There are millions of microorganisms, bacteria, moulds, insects, earthworms, fungi, mycelium & small animals. The life in the soil is the fertility of the soil. The inspiring work of Suzanne Simard that demonstrates how Mycelium acts as a communication network between trees has made me think a lot about the intelligence of Mother Nature. Mycelium doesn't exist independently from other organisms, the life in the soil is symbiotic to the extent that the soil can be seen as an organism in itself. It is the lifecycle of all these organisms that builds soil structure & creates the porosity in the soil. This porosity allows for greater water retention & thus helps facilitate the distribution of water & nutrients through the soil. Healthy soil comes about through leaving the soil alone; no plowing, returning all organic matter back to the soil & valuing biodiversity. In the hot summer months, in fields that received no irrigation for 6 to 7 weeks, I've seen amongst the fruit trees, tapioca, papayas & wild greens, healthy bananas producing fruit! Surely this is the intelligence of Mother Nature at work. The complexity of these almost infinite relationships within the soil cannot be understood by science. We would do well to stop trying  to understand nature. Fukuoka said only a *Bakka* can understand Mother Nature. The title of Fukuoka's book, "The One Straw Revolution" says it all, return organic matter to the soil and all will be well.

*Bakka* - Fool in Japanese language

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. 
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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.
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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.
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3 Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop 

This workshop is to empower you to explore your relationship with mother nature and take the first steps on your road back to nature. 
The modules in this workshop will empower you to grow your own food; urban gardening, circle garden with enormous social implications & a larger field module for those starting their own farms. We will explore soil, seeds, local foods, medicinal plants, recycling water, enzyme & hand soaps and the importance of celebration in permaculture.
Dates for upcoming Permaculture workshop: 13th to 15th December 2019 | 27th to 29th Dec 19
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Please email us at to sign up. 
Contribution required  for all the workshops, except the weekly farm tour. 

We are also looking for volunteers to work on our upcoming festival "LUYE - Lively Up Your Earth 2020" Please email us for more details. 

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