Empowering the Future - Auroville

by Auroville Unity Fund
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Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
ongoing land regeneration in small mobile teams
ongoing land regeneration in small mobile teams

Dear all,

yes, we got again thousands of trees planted this monsoon season in Auroville:everybody involved with stewarding land is planting: the school children, the forest stewards, the farmers, and on newly purchased land the many members of  land board team plant trees, and plant life fence trees with indigenous tree species.

For fencing typically plant species with thorns like wild lemons are used. Many a times the already growing "mullu" gets simply transplanted for fencing during the rains.

Why do we still plant trees - after 50 years of Auroville?

On every newly purchased land, the afforestation work proceeds over 10 - 15 years, through a phased approach of planting pioneer trees, then decidous trees, and finally the TDEF - tropical dry evergreen forest species, which are  evergreen tree species.

Our land holding is a patchwork - in the greenbelt over 50 % of land is still missing. In the southern greenbelt land is well consolidated, with amazing land regeneration and water conservation, and wildlife and a biodiversity returning big time.

But for the remaining greenbelt, land holding is very scattered. Auroville purchased as and when the land owner wanted to sell, and the ownership documents were correct. Thus we add new plots one by one -  and restart the phased land regeneration process.

Auroville focusses efforts to purchase of strategic land holdings

- land which will enhance biodiversity by bridging land holdings,

- land on the water shed so that most effective water conservation work can be effectuated.

- land valuable for organic farming and to serve as demonstration plots for outreach and capacity building in farming techniques.

There is still a lot to do ... 

                     we do it step by step, day by day.

Unlike usual land regeneration project, we are not moving on after completing tree planting projects. We are staying. We see what really works. We work on the social and climate change perspective beside biodiversity. We live with our forests. We grow for decades with our trees.

Be part of our adventure in regenerating land for humanity.

Your support by donating directly, or help us run a campaign in your network, is most appreciated.

THANK YOU,

Sigrid and Funding Auroville Team   

Antonio, Giovanni, Supriya and Sigrid

Arborist Island planting trees with road service
Arborist Island planting trees with road service
Urban tree planting with arborist Island
Urban tree planting with arborist Island
schoolkids going out for tree planting
schoolkids going out for tree planting
Regenerating the land, 1 indigenous tree at a time
Regenerating the land, 1 indigenous tree at a time
Life fence - several layers of thorny plants
Life fence - several layers of thorny plants
Eco Warrior in the tree nursery, off to planting
Eco Warrior in the tree nursery, off to planting
Planting trees is tough work but so enjoyable!
Planting trees is tough work but so enjoyable!

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Service Trees - greetings us from Solar Kitchen
Service Trees - greetings us from Solar Kitchen

This summer  2021 in Auroville we are blessed with a gentle cool climate:

Lush green trees, shrubs and long grass, and oceans of flowers with hibiscus, frangipani and hundreds of  “Service trees” blooming all over Auroville.

An extraordinary summer – usually we would find ourselves in a simmering heat well above 40° C and grey skies for 3 months - with trees reducing their foliage to bring down evaporation.

Our bioregional microclimate, created by the millions of trees planted, is enhanced this summer by the abundant autumn monsoon rains we received, with water still standing in all the water retention ponds and the village tanks everywhere.

For Auroville’s land regeneration, with over 24000 trees planted this monsoon, this summer is a blessing. Young saplings are having a fabulous first year, establishing their roots deeply for the upcoming growth spurt and building of the evergreen canopy.

Radiant health is seen as a divine blessing here in our rural population: Tamilians stick to their time-proven ways of managing health, based on hundreds of years of traditional knowledge.

Keeping a self-discipline, they stick to simple nutritional local food, oil baths, early morning prayers, and an active  lifestyle – even with hard physical work. Local herbal medicines and specific foods, based on varieties of paddy, millets and local vegetables keep the body cool and envigourated with life energy.

Auroville`s work of the past 50 years, preserving and re-activating the cultivation of traditional varieties of rice, millets, and vegetables supports the traditional healthy lifestyle in our rural villages.

Auroville’s food outlets play with this traditional approach, and get creative – adding elements of Korean and Thai cuisine, bringing in vegan recipes, North Indian flavours, and even local edible weeds and flowers.

Meanwhile the health-conscious consumers of a growing middle class re-discover their traditional food culture: health food outlets promoting “rice dumplings of traditional rice varieties”, juice bars with organic sugarcane cocktails, and health food stores with traditional foods as “take away” are developing in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu.

Auroville`s regeneration of the land and its biodiversity and organic agriculture is sustaining a healthy life style for all  … now more then ever.

We appeal to you to support us in consolidating Auroville`s land –

every donation helps to make strategic purchases now to secure Auroville`s future

THANK YOU

 A special treat:

The Intro to the documentart “Ever Slow Green” with Solitude farmer Krishna McKenzie speaking with film maker Christoph Pohl  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp7QPcxzXoQ

Trailer and Links https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO6Mpz7fAAA

                             https://www.changenow.world/film-festival-details/ 

 

Biodiversity is growing steadily
Biodiversity is growing steadily
Lush green flower forests all over
Lush green flower forests all over
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Deepika and Bernard - seeds, books, and smiles
Deepika and Bernard - seeds, books, and smiles

8 acres of severely eroded, barren land in the West of Auroville, along the Kootroad, have been successfully regenerated since 1994, without external inputs and no soil or organic matter from outside. Pebble Garden has transformed into a vibrant indigenous forest with returning wildlife, a productive bio-diverse garden and a fledgeling fruit tree area.

A garden area of a quarter-acre is devoted to Seed Conservation. It was created by an intensive process of soil building, using select pioneer species and is today a plant collection of more than 100 endangered traditional vegetable varieties from all over India - root crops, herbs, perennial and wild food crops, medicinal plants and flowers. ‘A Garden for Everyone’ is an outreach initiative to share these hardy plant varieties, which have performed well on this wasteland, with home gardeners and subsistence farmers throughout India. They are shared within known organic farmers’ collectives via organic fairs, seed melas. A place of continuous learning, Pebble Garden also has a charcoal/wood vinegar production plant and conducts research on terra preta.

Deepika and Bernard now produce about 3,000 packets of vegetable seeds a year, many of which are endangered species. They use the minimum of water necessary through micro-sprinklers, once every two weeks to ensure that no water is wasted. Every Saturday they host a tour of their land for all those interested and are constantly working in tandem with rural schools in the surrounding area in order to teach children the benefits of organic farming. 

We thank you for your continued support and are so happy to see that our fundraiser can help such an amazing duo of individuals continue to work with nature and spread their love for organic farming to as many people are possible!

Much Love,

Funding Auroville Team

 

Deepika and Bernard in their amazing land!
Deepika and Bernard in their amazing land!
Bernard teaching local students
Bernard teaching local students

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Planting evergreen trees with love and care
Planting evergreen trees with love and care

 What does it take to re- generate a whole ecosystem - the soil, the flora and the fauna?

Auroville`s pioneers and foresters have been researching the ecology past 50 years. They set up tree nurseries, travelled to pockets of forests and temple groves in Tamil Nadu, collected those tree seeds right there, and are planting, planting planting trees.

Why are we still planting trees, after 50 years?

In the first 20 years, only the most hardy pioneer tree species survived the harsh summers, and the heavy rain falls in the monsoon. Typically Acacia auriculiformis - an acacia originating from Australia - commonly called "work tree" here:  Yes, this tree did the work -  it grew where nothing else did!

Next 20 years many indigenous decidous trees were planted, and these transformed Auroville to a lush green forest environment, which attracted birds, mongoose, hares, jackals and many insects and spiders. But during the 4 dry , hot summer months one can see through the forests, and the soil is exposed again, as most trees are bare, leaves are fallen.

Past years, the call is out to further regenerate the original tropical evergreen forest:

Now we plant "evergreens" such as "Ceylon box wood" , psydrax dicoccus, or Aglaia e., "droopy leaf". These need a bit of shade to start off, but in the longrun they will create the shade and conserve the precious water all year long. These evergreen tree species have very deep roots, and are much more resistant to cyclones. Restoring the flora will in turn attract the original fauna: now deer, porcupines, jungle cats are returning already.

In view of climate change, specifically for coastal South India, its imperative to create a complete tree canopy, to create a protective dense evergreen forest. Only with this forest, the climate here can be mitigated to be livable in future. Auroville`s foresters create the gene pool for the complete coastal ecosystem.

Thats why we will keep on planting trees...

and that´s why we urgently need to consolidate Auroville`s land holding.

Just next to where we planted hundreds of evergreen trees in the last 10 days,  a local landowner eradicates all vegetation to grow meager rainfed crops. 50 years of Auroville`s forest ecology didnt change his approach - yet!  We got much to do: planting, training, educating, reaching out ...

THANK YOU

Your donations for land purchase are vital to our work!

Planting trees together - beyond cultures
Planting trees together - beyond cultures
Listening to the forest
Listening to the forest
Its tough physical work!
Its tough physical work!
Evergreen tree saplings - ready for planting
Evergreen tree saplings - ready for planting
Local landowner eradicating vegetation for farming
Local landowner eradicating vegetation for farming
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Team  Ken,
Team Ken,

Auroville`s forest is unique:

a regenerating tropical dry evergreen coastal forest,

started on eroded land with pioneers species,

maturing to the original fauna and flora past 50 years.

The foresters live on site, have committed their lives

all indigenous seeds of the region have been collected over the past 40years, and 

are documented in a virtual herbarium.

Original wildlife is returning, with protected species of larger mammals, and over 100 bird species,

The forests embedded in a universal township with 3200 people from 59 countries:

A truly unique evolutionary regenerative culture.

Ultimately, we could see research and education of the multifacetted regenerative approach emerge as a "Forest Academy" :

"I definitely see that Auroville`s forests are a unique source of research, for both outside academia as well as for our own interests.This could definitely be worth pursuing." - D., Auroville forester, project manager, Deep Ecology.

We urgently need to fund the consolidation of the land, as now its parceled into 44 forests!

Bridging of land parcels immediately creates "self - regenerating corridors" and enlarges the habitat for protected species in fauna and flora multifold - thus steeply increasing  the ecological value of the forest.

You will find attached the "Funding Auroville booklet",(2) made possible with a grant, your donations and a lot of voluntary work! This shortened version will be printed, and handed over to potential donors. 

Your continued support is essential to get all this work done, step by step, day by day!

Shanti, a young French lady grown up in Auroville, has joined the team.

Her dynamism plays out in her work in researching foundations, and setting up our admin work!

Our team (l to r)

Ken Vanosky, friend of Auroville, CFO& fundraising, San Francisco

Supriya - Project development

Peter  - writer, publications

Sigrid, co-founder - networking

Shanti - admin, foundation data base

Giovanni, business lawyer - grant applications

We are happy to share about our work, and the future developments for Auroville`s regenerative work!

Contact us  via info@funding.auroville.org

Whatsapp 9626006961

 


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Auroville Unity Fund

Location: Auroville, Tamil Nadu - India
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Sigrid Lindemann
Auroville, Tamil Nadu India
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