* Swami Dayananda Farms— Located in the heart of the Kaveri delta in Manjakkudi, our 40 acre organic farm in Manjakkudi today produces over 130 varieties of indigenous, heritage and artisanal varieties of rice. Today, this alluvial rich farm grows grains like Chak Hao Porieton (native to Manipur), Kalajeera (originating in Orissa) to Tamil Nadu’s own varieties that include Thooyamalli and Mapillai Champa.
Apart from heritage rice, our organic farm has also successfully reared 70 species of medicinal plants, eight vegetable crops, 16 varieties of trees and 20 types of crotons, and paddy, all organic. The lush fields are tilled using natural and organic manure.
In addition, we regularly conduct organic farming training programmes to sensitise agriculturalists on the benefits of organic farming. Our Nel Thirivizha, is a forum where agrarian experts are roped in to talk to farmers about traditional farming methods and sustainable agricultural practices.
* Goshala— Closely related to farming is animal husbandry. A dairy farm with 95 local and crossbred cows is situated in shady and peaceful area in the village. The cows are given 100% natural feed and manure generated from them is routed to the fields. Further, a daily yield of over 85 litres of organic milk is sold to state-owned milk cooperatives in the region.
* Spirit of the Earth— Spirit of the Earth, an initiative by AIM for Seva, was set up in 2017 to promote and encourage sustainable lifestyle practices. We believe that the planet’s resources are not merely a source for our consumption and personal gratification; like earth, we need to learn to share (vibhakthi), to give in abundance (vriddhi), provide nutrition (vrihi) and be compassionate (daya) – to render harmony in society.
Spirit of the Earth is committed to increasing social impact, reducing carbon footprint and protecting the earth’s resources. The immersion centre operates as a non-profit outlet that sells organic artisanal heritage rice cultivated at our 50 acre farm in Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu. Over 200 varieties of seeds have been preserved from across India and 18 of them are shelved for retail at Spirit of the Earth. Our interactive workshops, events and discussions provide experiential opportunities that encourage people to move towards conscious living and through all this, we believe we can create awareness and motivate consumers to become contributors.