Ananda Farms began at the Ananda Community in Lynnwood by developing small plots of garden into a subscription farm (known as a CSA-Community Supported Agriculture).
Now we have acquired nearly 15 acres with two homes on south Camano Island where we can expand to include permaculture methods and to include many more activities such as educational tours and demonstrations and internships, herb and flower growing, and farm-based products.
Already in 2013 crops are under cultivation: greens of all types, berries, newly planted fruit tress and food forest, carrots, brocoli, corn, and much more. Other portions of the land are undergrowing organic renovation with cover crop rotation, mulching and more.
From the Camano farm, we are already supplementing the 2013 weekly harvests at Lynnwood for subscribers with fresh new items, plus, making available salad-green bags and other freshly-picked produce. The outlets this summer 2013 for these retail items include Ananda Community in Lynnwood and Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell (Sundays around noon). They are selling like, well, hotcakes on Sunday morning!
But more is coming!
While the Ananda Farm on Camano is not a community, per se, we will have staff and others living in the farmhouses to create a family like mini-community: working together on the farm and helping one another and serving guests and visitors. Other Ananda members and friends find themselves also attracted to the farm and to the neighborhood and have entertained hopes of re-locating nearby thus, in time, augmenting the already friendly neighborhood and community of Camano Island. These things take time but are useful possibilities to consider.
In the meantime, the garden-farms at Ananda Community in Lynnwood remain the core producer for our subscribers as production on Camano will increase, well, “organically!” Part of that development includes a focus on permaculture methods which can be more labor intensive, at least at first. Many hands make the miracle of life, and we welcome friends and neighbors to lend a hand anytime of year!
Permaculture has no single definition or set of techniques. Among its various ideals is the desire to grow food for human consumption which is filled with vitality and life, and to do so with as much harmony and as little injury or depletion of soil or water, or harmful impact on native plants, animals and the environment. The farm will implement and share these methods with others even as, in our experimentation, we will combine different methods according to what seems best in serving the primary goal of happy, healthy, harmonious food for people!
Zach Abbey and Hailey Anderson are living on the land and are working on the farm, with input and participation from Larry Rider, Rick Johnston, and many others. Connections with other like-minded local growers have born “fruit” with supportive and creative exchanges.
Please let us know about any connections you can suggest.
Starting in January 2013, we began offering subscriptions for the 2013 growing season. With your help we want to create a website and share ideas, information, and inspiration.
We expect to have farm interns, and we will welcome school children to visit, learn, and play.
Some have asked whether we will have farm animals. Nothing is certain at this time, but we are open to the possibility as farm animals can become part of the eco-system that supports sustinability.
Blessings from the Farm team!
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