About Ananda Farm
We are a 4th year no-till nature farm, homestead, and Yoga Ashram on Camano Island in Washington State. The farm is a true community project, in the sense that it was financed by 25 individuals who pooled money to buy land in the country, and also as a branch of the Ananda Washington family tree. At Ananda Farm, we are committed to farming with Spirit. To us that means aspiring towards harmony and cooperation with life, in the growing awareness that all life is rooted in the same Eternal Source.
As a natural farm, we are committed to farming with the best tools we know: our own two hands, and a love for life! We are actively and listening-ly exploring the consciousness of Nature in the soil, seeds, trees, and animals, with great awe and inspiration. ‘Natural Farming’ is a direction of agriculture which seeks to unite the world of food cultivation with the natural world, both of which we depend on and are a part of.
As a homestead, we are inspired by the spirit of self-reliance and craft culture. We seek to provide both prana-filled food and basic needs for simple living, including our line of natural herbal products, and alpaca-fiber textiles.
As a yoga ashram, we follow the teachings of the great Indian Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda, centered in the daily practice of meditation, and through the application of spiritual principles on the farm.
We participate in 3 farmers markets, run a 50 member CSA, provide a diverse array of herbal medicinals and body care products, and a line of textiles made from the fiber of our alpacas.
What does Ananda mean?
Ananda is a word from the ancient Sanskrit language meaning JOY or BLISS.
“To seek happiness outside ourselves is like trying to lasso a cloud. Happiness is not a thing. It is a state of mind.” -Paramhansa Yogananda
Ananda Farms began at the Ananda Community in Lynnwood by developing small garden plots into a subscription farm (known as a CSA-Community Supported Agriculture). A commitment to expanding sustainable food systems inspired 25 individuals to pool resources together to purchase land collectively. In December 2012 Ananda Farm on Camano Island was born.
The farm is a beautiful 14 acres on the south end of Camano Island. Approximately 1/3 native habitat, 1/3 garden-orchard, and 1/3 alpaca meadow and developing food forest. Currently there are 7 full time human residents, 7 alpacas, 2 dog, 4 cats, 34 chickens, and an ever expanding life-scape of trees, gardens, birds and bees. It’s healthy, happy, and a bit wild looking!