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“PRESERVING THE AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE OF NEW AMERICANS. EMPOWERING THEM TO LEARN AND EARN FROM THE LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT.”The Shanti Farms Family
USE THE BUTTON BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR OUR YARD CORPS SERVICES! WE LOOK FORWARD TO HELPING YOU BEAUTIFY YOUR SPACE! Find out more information on our YardCorps page!
What is Shanti Community Farms?
Shanti Community Farms is an educational urban farm project. We train and empower new Americans and other alternative workers to learn and earn by participating in the local food movement. In conjunction with a multitude of community partners, including Akron Public Schools with our youth programs, we provide outdoor work projects, farmers markets, and academic tutoring for youth. We strive to ensure that the “Old World” agricultural heritage ingrained in many of our members is preserved, cultivated and passed along to the next generations.
OUR CHICKLETS HAVE HATCHED!
Although you can’t be there directly with the chicks this school year, our next round of chicklets have hatched and are growing fast! Luckily for you and your family we’ve set up a webcam so you can watch them from home.
As soon as we begin farm-to-school classes this summer, you will be able to see the chickens up close and personal and even help us feed and take care of them. Then, after and between classes, you can keep eye on them through our live stream.
Shanti Farms performs many services and holds many special events throughout the city, especially in Akron’s North Hill area. Two community favorites include our Farm-to-School Summer Program for elementary youth and their families, and Yard Corps, for youth 12-17.
Started in 2019 Yard Corps is our outdoor work crew division. To find out MORE about this program, or to sign up click the button below!
Our 2nd program is “Farm-to-School“. Farm to School is a summer camp for up to 40 students (although we will adjust theses numbers to meet current Covid-19 guidelines). We focus on all things farm to school/table! This is a great way to get the younger kids into farming and maybe encourage their green thumb! Click the button below to find out MORE!
HOT PEPPER FESTIVAL!
Each year we hold a Hot Pepper eating contest at North Hill’s Exchange House! Held in August in conjunction with the International Harvest Festival celebrating new immigrants in Akron. Its the hottest event in town! Click the link below to learn more and find out how to enter!
News and Notes 2019/2020
The Shanti Shamans (June 2020)
We were lucky to be able to sit in on a Shaman Healing Session last month! Click the button below for pictures more information!
A new home for our Community Garden! (Fall 2019)
We moved our Shanti International Peace Garden to the corner of Columbia and Tallmadge Avenue to accommodate our new High Tunnel. Use the button below to FIND OUT MORE!
OUR NEW HIGH TUNNEL! (Fall 2019)
Last year we built our new High Tunnel! This will be a great resource for both our middle and high school participants in 2020 and beyond! Click the link below to find out more!
Are you a fan Shanti Community Farms? Do you want to help us on our mission of an even stronger 2020? Click the link below to donate via PayPal.
Along with monetary donations there are many tools we are looking for, to help grow our programs. Below is a list of current needs for our program. To donate one of these items or a monetary donation NOT using PayPal please use our Contact Form.
- Passenger van to transport work crews for Yard Corps
- Additional Rider Mower
- Youth Farmers Market Stand
- Cargo Bike
- Additional Yard Care Equipment and Trailer
(Shanti Community Farms is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.)
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