Category Archives: Sustainability

Ananda Farm no-till community-grain-growing experiment


 Ananda Farm no-till community-grain-growing experiment –
This Saturday, April 26, 11 am – 4 pm
Lunch served at 1 pm ($5)

The first annual community grain sowing happens this Saturday at the farm on Camano Island

What is this for?
To prepare seed beds and sow grains and chickpeas at the farm for the 2014 season.

Last year we began the exploration of no-till grain growing, with Barley, Oats, Quinoa and Rye.  No till means no tractor and thus no disruption to the life in the soil, and no dependence on oil. The goal is sustainability as a farm and community, and cultivating uplifted consciousness in our farming methods.

Who can help?
All are invited to participate. and opportunities for service do not discriminate by size, talents, age, hair color, size or shape. All those with love for life are welcome to participate and take a hand in growing the farm’s abundance.

This is an experiment, and one we are sure to learn from. Come be students of nature with us, and learn together as we grow.

In Joy
Zach, Hailey, Glenda & Nivritti
The Ananda farmers

Questions? Ask ’em here!

Please park at
732 Haven Place
Camano Island

Lavender Hydrosol for burns

Camano-LavenderOne of the products being produced at Ananda Farms Camano is lavender hydrosol, using lavender grown on the farm. This preparation is very effective in preventing kitchen burns and treating sunburn.

Lavender Hydrosols are made by distilling Lavender flowering stalks. Distillation converts the volatile liquid (the essential oils) into a vapor and then condenses the vapor back into a liquid – it is the most popular, and cost effective method in use today to produce essential oils and hydrosols. Literally all of the commercial products of lavender hydrosols have extracted the lavender essential oil so only the water portion is left. By contrast, the process Sara, Joanne and Hailey are using at both Ananda Farms and at the Community leaves lavender essential oil in the mix.

Lavender Essential Oil has special healing properties.

Lavender Healing Mist contains Lavender EO dispersed in natural Lavender Hydrosol. Gently rotate bottle by rolling it in your hands before each use to distribute EO throughout solution. Spray a newly burned area with Lavender Healing Mist immediately. The more rapidly the burned area is treated, the more likely it will prevent blister formation.



SaraD recommends that you keep the Lavender Healing Mist in the refrigerator for two reasons: 1) it will be handy to treat kitchen burns and 2) to protect the remedy because we use no preservatives.

After spraying the burn with Lavender Healing Mist, then coat the area with Calendula Gel (Boiron). This will dry like egg white to protect the burn site.

Ananda Farms uses a Steam Distillation Method?

Distilling essential oils using the straight steam method involves pushing steam through the plant material and then picking up the essential oil

How Does the Essential Oil Distilling Equipment Affect the Oil?

The size and material of the cooking chamber, the condenser type and the separator all can change the outcome of the oil. Vertical steam distillation seems to produce the best quality oil when distilling essential oils. It protects the therapeutic benefits and there is no risk of overheating the plant material!


Ananda Farms is using Jeanne G’s beautiful copper distiller this season, but we will need to return it after this year. Our goal is to purchase our own copper distiller and a percentage of our sales will go into a fund for our own distiller.

Watch for Lavender Healing Mist Essential Oil Burn Remedy for sale here on this website soon. For more information about the remedy or to buy now, email SaraD at



A Great Success!


A big thank you to all those who turned up to help with the farm activities on Sunday, from Lynnwood to Bellingham (Dave and Marylin) and out to Whidbey Island (Krishnapriya).

LavenderMany hands lead the lavender harvesting charge and processing, too (Sadie, Chandi, Betty, and many others), leaving the entire house smelling of divine essences. Bundles hang on the walls drying, and bowls filled with flower trimmings await honey infusion. Hailey will be joined again today for more processing activities.

Randa lead the kitchen charge, creating delicious lemonade, farm salad, and a fresh Tabouli salad that warranted 3 servings on such a hot day.

Dakshina supplied the farm with much needed homeopathic bee sting medicine. I tested some stings out myself last week to confirm the need to upgrade the farm’s first aid kit.

Kieran joined in the terrace construction and engineered a new blueberry terrace in the driveway circle, with a partial stone foundation with rocks supplied by Larry’s efforts in the lower field.

Sandhya and Catherine Hobson and Brian lead the mulching charge, dressing the apple pear orchard with fresh chips.

Whew. There was more, and in the moment of typing I forget others who joined us in the activities, and many other activities performed by those mentioned. The farm truly felt like a farm, with so many devotees buzzing about like the bees.

Thank all of you for your joyful service, and helping us (me?!) to remember to have fun amidst all the summer farm activity. Truly inspiring.

Blessings from your Ananda Farm on Camano.
The caretakers

Healing Gardens

painting app by ChandiNow is the time to visit the healing gardens on the Ananda Farms at Camano,Island.

I had the pleasure to visit on Saturday to help Hailey and Zack during the Saturday harvest. Something touched me so deeply when Zack talked about the harmony, how they planted certain combinations together, and the ancient ways of the Native Americans. It was so moving. I could resonate on the deeper truth of his wisdom while we picked.  We didn’t even touch the surface of the bounty that lays in this land. It felt like each plant was raising up sweetly as a choir,in joyful service to us.

Then the next day after service, a little voice touched me and said; “You need to return to help them get ready for our “spiritual leaders”of Ananda Worldwide to come! This is an important time, for their blessing.” Since school is out for the summer, I thought, what day is this? When are they coming? Do I have the time to make it?

So I quickly called Bhakti and we cleared our schedule to help serve in what ever way was needed.

I had more than a couple of astral experiences there.  I was sitting on the porch bathing in the morning sunlight right after our morning Sadhana, listening to the bees singing their astral songs amidst the California lilacs. What a gift! There must have been 100 bees singing in Joy.

I can’t wait to return again to the farm to be replenished mind, body and soul.

Take an afternoon, to be in this healing consciousness of all life in balance. There isn’t any separation from our meditation practices and walking this land. Chant in the gardens and join Hailey and Zack as you too, will be touched as I was.