Our Programs

Learn more about all Shanti Farms has to offer!

Yard Corps is an outdoor work crew division with trained youth participating in growing food in our new high tunnel and Shanti Community Garden. We also conduct numerous outdoor maintenance chores on city vacant lots, private residences, churches, and local businesses.  About a dozen students and elders participated in our first time effort to work outside. Some of the services we provide are: mowing, weeding, leaf blowing, tree and bush trimming and planting.  We also participated in farm chores, like barn and barnyard cleaning.

Even with our older students we spend a little time keeping our students up on their school ‘smarts’ by integrating summer classroom work– primarily in math, reading and writing–into our daily routines. Credentialed tutors work with the students to get a jump on and to stay ahead in their studies.

 

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Shanti Community Farms partnered with Akron Public Schools to provide a Farm-to-School program for kids ages 6 – 13. This program features: gardening, nature games, crafts, a farmers market, and tutoring for various school subjects. Farm-to-School has been held at two locations– Jennings Community Learning Center and the adjacent Shanti International Peace Garden. The Early Learning program at North High (nursery school) also partnered with Farm-to-School to raise chickens in their classroom (for the eventual livestock addition of our program). The pre-schoolers and teachers aides work together to raise chicks (and eventually other live stock) and care for them after they have hatched! We are looking forward to the next steps in this program as we look to raise rabbits, goats and other larger live stock. 

Even through COVID-19 we are able to work with the kids remotely with some in person time at the gardens (properly socially distanced of course). The kids really benefit from the tutoring associated with this program and is an important factor for families when registering their children in our program. This is a collaborative effort with the rest of Shanti Community farms to positively impact and assist the local immigrant community through education, events and programs. Programs like this also help to bring communities together and teach lifetime Akron residents about the rich culture that has saturated our community!

 

Shaman Healing

 

Shamanism is a religious practice that involves a practitioner, a shaman, who is believed to interact with a spirit world through altered states of consciousness, such as trance. The goal of this is usually to direct these spirits or spiritual energies into the physical world, for healing or some other purpose.

We were lucky enough to catch one of these healing sessions being performed recently right here in North Hill neighborhood of Akron!

UNITED NORTH HILL SOCCER ASSOCIATION (UNHSA)

UNHSA youth soccer club in North Hill combining the great sport of soccer with mentoring and tutoring opportunities for youth 5th-12th grades.

UNHSA accepts players of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

Check back for updates for our next UNHSA session!

Nepali Dance Crew

This year (2021) we are assembling a dance crew comprised of our Nepali members of Shanti Farms. This will go hand-in-hand with our African Dance Crew. We are working towards being a part of the entertainment of many festivals around Akron this year and for many years to come!

African Dance Crew

We had a lot of fun creating our African dance crew last year. Thanks to Barefeet Dance Tribe, they are better than ever. We are working to be a part of many festivals and events around Akron, this year and for many years to come! Want to hire our dance crew(s) for your event? Contact us TODAY!