Zachary and Hailey
Z and H have been here since the beginning, and have been over-joyed to over-see the farm grow into a beautiful community-homestead-ashram. In addition to farming, they are active ministers at the Ananda Church of Self-Realization in Bothell. Z is inspired by sowing seeds, grafting trees, and getting the little (and big) things done each day. Hailey is the engine that keeps the farm expanding with every season, and is a wonderful mentor for the critters and farmers, alike. Look for her smile at the markets and among the flowers.
Glenda, fondly known as Glendibird, flies around the farm helping wherever she is needed. She specializes in growing and harvesting tomatoes, preserving the summer bounty, researching, laughing, and giving wonderful farm tours. Glenda is a true friend to everyone who visits the farm, and is a wonderful and loving mother to all.
Lajjana is the grandmother to all at the farm, and also our spiritual rock. She is from South Dakota, and lived in the Ananda community for many years before moving up to Camano. On a given day, you can find her joyfully wrapping farm soap, drying herbs and apples, helping at the morning goat-milking, and feeding the hungry farm nation with her farm famous chocolate pb rice crispy treats, and her ever-newly-delicious vegetable soups!
Paean joined the farm family in July 2016, fresh off the jet plane from Fairfield, Iowa, where she graduated in June from Maharishi University. Her degree is in Sustainable Living, and as part of her senior project she wrote an incredible Yogic Cookbook (available for sale through the farm!). She brings a calm and blissful presence to the farm kitchen, gardens, and herb shop. She also plays a beautiful violin, leads the farm choir, and is best friend to the kitties, chickies, dogs, and the people.
Before officially moving to the farm in the summer of 2018, Brother Jacob was one of the farm’s most frequent and supportive visitors. When he made the jump to full-time farmer, he brought with him a passion for farming with dharma, a plethora of incredible building-skills, an amazing kitty Chandra, and the dream of a future Ananda Farm boat, sailing the Salish Sea. When he isn’t at the farmhouse proper ‘building the village,’ he is often a few houses up the road, building the village there, too, with his partner Sita.
William the “Willbarrow” or Mr. Will exemplifies the can-do spirit and say yes attitude. He is a wood-chip wheeling enthusiast who loves to mulch. After volunteering at the farm for over a year while working at the Living Wisdom School in Lynnwood, he moved here in February 2019 to join his wife Paean and become an Ananda farmer. He enjoys doing the most humble tasks that keep the farm thriving and humming, and we all benefit from his presence and spirit. He also has a passion for sharing the joy of natural farming with children on “Farm Fridays”.
Parto has been visiting his big sister and the farm family since Junior year of high school. He officially returned from Hong Kong to live at the farm in the summer of 2019. In addition to going to school at ECC, he has lead the painting renaissance on the farm, beautifying outbuilding and out-houses alike, with his astral display of colors and nature-images. He is also an excellent gardener, harvester, farmer’s market-barterer, popcorn popper and movie-night hoster.
Peony too, has been a most incredible farm friend over many seasons now – often visiting during her breaks from school in Ithaca, NY, where she studied physical therapy. She has thus become known as ‘Dr Lee’ on the farm, and regularly heals an injured farmer and grandmother alike. She thrives in the kitchen, often feeding the farm family many times a week! Her jam bars are phenomenal, and her turnip cake, never to be forgotten. She also plays the violin, laughs a lot, and throws down in the garden, to boot!
Navashen joined us for the 2020 growing season, after a few incredible trips to be with the farmers in nearly every season of life. No matter the season, he fits in at the farm like a glove. He sings a beautiful tenor, plays the guitar for the choir, plants taters like a pro, hand-grinds the coffee beans every morning, puts away all the dishes every night, looks after the haven chickies and ‘pacas, and is a true joy to farm, meditate, sing, and live with.
T-Boogie came not long after Z and H’s arrival – when the farm was under attack from all sides. Deer in the fields and orchards; coyotes on the land; eagles in the air. Then came T. He lives on the farm house porch. Hears everything that moves; Hasn’t had a night ‘off’ in near 6 year. He is the farm protector, and has helped us to plant 5 acres of gardens and orchards without deer fence. He is everything we could hope for in a farm dog and friend.
Good king Rudi is the other original farm friend. He joined Tulsi Dog when a mere kitten, giving kitty kinship to all farmers and visitors alike. With supreme confidence, tiny stature, and a baby’s meow, Rudi prowls the farm, loves a good love fest in the evening and morning, and cleans up his brother Nettle’s long hair everyday.