He alone deserves to be called an inmate of the Ashram who has ceased to have any worldly relation - a relation involving monetary interests-- with his parents or other relatives, who has no other needs save those of food and clothing and who is ever watchful in the observance of the eleven cardinal vows. Therefore he who needs to make savings, should never be regarded as an Ashram inmate.
- M. K. Gandhi
There was no kitchen or dining room when the Ashram was established. The inmates were cooking on the south-western corner of a room of Adi-Niwas. Since the number of Ashram inmates and visitors increased, Gandhiji had a new separate kitchen built. It is situated to the Southeast of Adi-Niwas. The kitchen is very simple and ordinary. The kitchen-cum-dining has been maintained in good condition. The inmates on the teaching and advice of Gandhiji were cooking simple vegitarian food irrespective of caste, religion, sex etc. The Harijans were participated in cooking the food. It was a common kitchen for all inmates including Gandhiji. The dining room adjacent to the kitchen was of common use. Some times Gandhiji himself was to serve the meal. While cooking the principles were observed both to eliminate 'untouchability' and to educate the inmates in hygienic methods of work.
After the establishment of 'Nai Talim' center for basic education, the All India Spinners Association shifted their headquarters to Sevagram and a separate township was constructed there, including a Khadi Vidyalaya and its hostels. Gandhiji had also allowed the establishment of a hospital for utilizing the services of Dr. Sushila Nayar in Sevagram. The hospital was named after Kasturba and is now grown into a Medical College of the rural pattern. Although the hospital and the college teach modern medical science, it has been decided to attach a Nature cure wing in conformity with Gandhiji's emphasis on cheap and simple remedies for common ailments.