We at Pitchandikulam have been active in Nadukuppam, near Marakkanam, since 2003.
Nadukuppam Forest is our largest forest and resource centre outside Auroville – 35 acres planted with Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest species and a huge variety of crops, such as vegetables, fruit orchards, rice, marigold and other plants as a demonstration of agro-forestry.
As a young forest, it can be used to demonstrate different issues in forest regeneration and land management than our mature forest in Auroville. Nadukuppam Forest is a showcase for bio-diversity, permaculture, innovative cropping patterns and appropriate technologies. The forest provides students, womens’ self help groups and the farming community with the opportunity to see a forest grow, as well as participating in workshops on sustainable agriculture.