Grow Your Own Food – Workshop Feb 8, 9,10 2013

Learn to Grow Your Own Food poster

Learn to Grow Your Own Food:  An Introduction to Permaculture & Natural Farming

An experiential weekend workshop running from 8th February 2013 at Solitude Farm, Auroville aiming to empower you with the knowledge and skills to create your very own Permaculture garden.

Step in to the world of growing your own food!

Solitude is a 6 acre organic farm based in the international township of Auroville.  The farm is dedicated to Permaculture, natural farming and bringing people closer to nature.

About Krishna Mckenzie & Malvikaa:
Krishna has been living in Auroville for over 20 years.  He started Solitude Farm in 1996 and studied with Masanobu Fukuoka.  He aims to create a social revolution through food.
Malvikaa studied Environmental Sciences in the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore in 2005 and since has been supporting and working with ideas and actions on low impact sustainable living through “swaYYam”, a nonprofit organization.

Weekend Workshop Dates: 8th, 9th, % 10th February 2013

Booking Contact:
Malvikaa Solanki


Vazhapoo (Banana Flower) recipe

Vazhapoo (Banana Flower)


  • Banana flower (1 flower serves 1 person – a very hungry person)
  • Chickpeas – 50 gms
  • Black Gram – 50 gms
  • Onions
  • Red chillies
  • Curry leaves
  • Coconut
  • Coriander

What is casually called the banana flower is actually just a collection of about a hundred little flowers, or florets, and is technically an inflorescence.

The red layers that cover the florets are bracts, and are not edible.

For each bract that you peel off, there will be a bunch of white florets that you need to pull out and collect. These are the edible parts of the flower.

Each floret has a stigma, an ovary covered by a thin, white part and several stamens. The stigma and the white covering of the ovary are both bitter in taste, and are generally removed before cooking.

  1. Wash, chop, and then boil in salt water. Filter it out and keep ready.
  2. Start to fry chickpeas and black gram in a separate pan.
  3. After a couple of minutes, add Red Chillies, Curry leaves, and Onions in preferred quantities.
  4. Stir for a few minutes before adding the flower parts and mixing.
  5. Serve with grated coconut and coriander added at the end, along with salt, if necessary.