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Message from Krishna

Dear Friends,

I love sharing my work with talks and workshops, but what I love the most is to share the message of local food with music and offerings of food to taste. Tomorrow at Kalarigram near Auroville, I will be performing with my band "Emergence" and in between songs I will be offering the audience tastes of different dishes that illustrate the essential characteristics of local food. The music is undoubtedly an adhesive that brings us together and in this moment of celebration I believe a profound learning can take place. This is Cultural Redemption, local foods are a path back to Oneness with Mother Nature. Local foods are at the root of our cultural identity which is what we must reclaim starting by eating and celebration!



“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

Corn, bananas, pumkin, red and white radish, potatoes, rocket, wing beans, lemons, cucumbers, capscicum, papayas etc the baskets are going crazy. 

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 for sign up. 

Field Notes

Last weekend we had another amazing permaculture workshop with enthusiastic participants who came to explore their road back to nature. The circle garden and the field project was particularly inspiring. The next workshop is on 27th March to 29th March 2020. If you feel the call to change, the urge to find a deeper meaning and connection with life, I strongly recommend you to join on this workshop next month. 


Solitude Farm Cafe

Potato Harvest 
Last year Deepa planted a few potatoes and had a small yield. This year she procured 50 KG of seed potatoes from Tiruvanamalai, and here is a part of the harvest. There were some decent size potatoes and a lot of small potatoes. I think we didn't plant them deep enough and next year we will put them in trenches in between the beds and cover them with leaf compost. They don't compare with something like green papaya that doesn't require any effort at all, but the diversity, valuing the different colours of the seasons, different tastes, different dishes, has enormous value. The other day we served these in the cafe with a mix of wild spinaches from the farm. 
Next year there will be more!


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

Music from Solitude

Who You Are - Here I Am | EMERGENCE 
Here's an old love song from our first album. 
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 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 next on 27th to 29th March 2020, 10th to 12 April 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. 
Please email us at 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. 
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

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