Food Systems and Urban Agriculture

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Drip irrigation
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Basil, basella spinach, tomatoes

"The beauty of small garden islands in a sea of concrete is more likely to keep cleanliness than wastebaskets. A medley of fresh produce in woven straw baskets along with pots overflowing the blossoms of all colours and sizes can speak a thousand words of bright promise fulfilled than any sermon for the sick, the despairing and the incapacitated. There is even the horticultural therapy society, permitting remissions and self-healings, working one's way through soil."[1]

Auroville Urban Farming project

Auroville Urban Farming is a pilot project located at the city center, near Town Hall, in order to experiment, learn and experience how to build a city in deep harmony with nature. It addresses innovative concepts as self-production, integral landscaping, roof-top gardening, Agroforestry, grey-water system recycling, participatory and community building efforts to address issues as Food Security. The main focus of the project is to promote self-production, so that the aim of nutritional self-reliance of the Universal Township can be achieved. It is not born as an alternative to anything; the ideal is to consociate food production to what is already in place. This means that the project aims to become, if phase 1 turns to be successful, a service offered by Auroville to the Aurovilians, to promote and aid efforts of agricultural production whether in urban, peri-urban or forest communities. The project aspires to create a stronger unity between Nature, Human Beings and Spirit.[2]

Why a kitchen garden?[3]

  • To get fresh and nutritious vegetables, fruits, herbs
  • To have safe food, free from poisonous chemicals
  • To make productive use of waste water and other wastes from home, garden, cowshed
  • To save on the purchase of vegetables and fruits
  • To create a healthy and beautiful environment
  • To enjoy contact with nature, be in touch with plants, the earth.. There are many more reasons to start one's own garden. There are social/personal reasons as well such as independence, self confidence, etc.

See Also

External Links


  1. From the Treasure Garden
  2. Auroville Urban Farming project official site
  3. Food Security Kitchen Gardening by Bernard Declercq, cited in From the Treasure Garden