Auroville’s second biggest farm, 44 acres and oldest since 1969, AuroOrchard organically produces 6 t of fruits, 10 t of vegetables, in addition to 250,000 eggs per year.
In 2015, AuroOrchard received the first PGS (Participatory Guarantee Systems), organic India certification for fruits and vegetables. It focusses on regenerative organic farming using the ‘thick mulch technique’ and develops 100 % organic feed for its chickens. It practices regenerative agroforestry, and is developing solar and wind power for sustainable energy use.
AuroOrchard is the prime demonstration site for educational programs offered by the Center of Sustainable Agriculture (CESA), under Sustainable Livelihood Institute (SLI), reaching out to participants from Government, university students and farmers from Tamil Nadu and beyond.