Ananda Farm is a 10th year, ‘no-till’ natural farm, homestead, and Yoga Ashram on Camano Island in Washington State. It is a true community project in that it was created by over 20 individuals who pooled resources to buy land ‘in the country’, and is a branch of the Ananda Washington family tree.
As a natural farm we are committed to farming with the best tools we have: our own two hands, and a love for life. We are actively and listening-ly exploring the consciousness of Nature (and the nature of consciousness) in the soil, seeds, trees, animals, and our very Selves.
‘Natural Farming ’itself is a consciousness, not a method; both a universal, ancient way of life, and direction forward for all of humanity, in this very moment.
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” George Washington Carver
As a homestead, we are ever-inspired by the spirit of community self-reliance and ‘craft culture’, as Ghandi immortalized in the image of the spinning wheel in India. From time immemorial, the localized ‘village’ culture of humanity has sustained people all over the world.
As a community, we seek to produce and share prana-filled food, and aspire to provide for all basic needs that are required for simple, joyful living – including a holistic line of natural-infused herbal products and home remedies, alpaca fiber textiles, soap, candles, tooth powder, baked goods, bulk foods, and much more.
“We Make our Living by Living.”
As a yoga ashram, we follow the universal, Yogic teachings of the great Indian Master, Paramhansa Yogananda. These are centered in the daily practice of meditation and Kriya Yoga, and through the corresponding application of yogic principles on the farm and in our shared community life.
Yoga itself means “Union”; to realize Yoga is to realize our own oneness with All Life. As an ashram, we live in community, share in all aspects of life, and support each other in living with spiritual purpose, focused on the goal of Self Realization. May we all be One in the Light someday.
“The Goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings” Masanobu Fukuoka
What does Ananda mean?
Ananda is a word from the ancient Sanskrit language meaning JOY or BLISS. At the heart of all creation, there is Ananda.
“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 Farm 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 20+ individuals to pool resources together to purchase land collectively. In December, 2012, Ananda Farm on Camano Island was born.
World Brotherhood Colonies
When our great Guru Paramhansa Yogananda was alive (1893-1952), he promoted a concept and way of life for the coming times which he called “World Brotherhood Colonies”; stated another way, we may understand this concept as Spiritual-Villages.
Places whereby devotees focused on realizing the true purpose of life, Self Realization, can live together, support one another, as well as harmoniously meet their own basic needs as a product of their combined efforts; to live completely integrated lives, in the spirit of “simple living, and high thinking.”
In the late 1960’s, his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda founded a brotherhood colony outside of Nevada City, CA, called Ananda Village; it still exists and thrives with over 200 residents today, as a living example of what is possible when people live together in community, simplicity, and love for God.
This too, has been our own inspiration, in our humble beginnings on Camano Island; that we may live and share in a holistic, universal model of life, not defined by self-interest, ‘work,’ and dollars; but inspired by community, service and dharma.
The farm itself is a beautiful 20 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 over 12 full time human residents, a growing community of neighbors and friends, 7 alpacas, 5 goats, 3 pigs, 2 dogs, 4 cats, chickens, more chickens, and an ever expanding life-scape of trees, gardens, birds and bees. It’s healthy, happy, and a bit wild looking.
Throughout the year, we participate in farmers markets and other events, host volunteer days, kid’s camps, farm suppers and tours, workshops, yoga classes, and much more.
Bless you for reading this far! Hope to see you on the farm.