Immigrant Focused Non-Profit

Mission Statement

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. 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.

– The Shanti Community Farms Family

3rd Annual Hot Pepper Festival

In partnership with North Akron CDC.

Click the LINK BUTTON to sign up and find out more!

Look for the event next summer 2022


Sponsorships also available using the button above. Sponsors will be given a spot to setup a table along with social media branding opportunities.


THIS THURSDAY AUGUST 5th, 2021 Shanti Farms will be holding our next installment of our Golden Time Picnic program. This time we will be at the Unitarian Universal Church in Farilawn Ohio. Check out the Flyer below!

Use our CONTACT PAGE if you have any questions about this event.

* Donations to support Shanti Community Farms (501c3) will be accepted.

2021 Highland Square Porch Rocker Fesitval. Each year the Highland Square neighborhood in Akron, OH holds a festival that features bands, performers and artists from the NE Ohio area. This year we were lucky enough to become a part of this amazing day long event. Our TWO dance troupes ‘The Black Beans’ & ‘The Nepali Hot Peppers’ will both be performing! Check out the flyer below!

Use our CONTACT PAGE for more information.

* Donations to support Shanti Community Farms (501c3) will be accepted.

To book our Dance Troupes at your next event, contact

Watch the Promo for our Dance Troupes!

Our Nepali Dance Crew had the opportunity to perform at the Akron Zoo for the grand opening of their ‘Wild Asia‘ exhibit. Check out some great moments from our amazing day!





Shanti Farms Board

Location: 240 E. Tallmadge Ave. Akron, OH 44310

Telephone: (330) 634-6489 / 1 (360) 915.3977 / (330) 328.5624


Hours: 24/7 365

Partnered for Success

Shanti Community Farms in nestled in Akron Ohio’s North Hill neighborhood. We are partnered with Akron Public Schools, North Akron CDC, Let’s Grow Akron & many other local non-profits entities. Learn more about our partners by clicking below.

A Word

From the Founders

“We started Shanti Community Farms with the goal of assisting the ever growing Akron immigrant community. We have exceeded even our own expectations and have expanded our programs to not only serve the younger generation of immigrants but their entire families. We look forward to continuing our growth for many years to come.”

 – Bhakta Rizal & Tom Crain


Events to Remember




Yard Corps

During the Spring semester of school, we hold our Yard Corps training/tutoring/customer yardwork. During this time we work with our 12 – 17  year old students to learn about farming and the yard work they are assigned to do. We also provide time for tutoring for every student to ensure they keep up with their school work when school is in session.  


Nepali Dance

We are excited to announce this year we will also be creating a dance group made up of some of our Nepali participants. We look to showcase some of the native dances and traditions through performances around the city in 2021. Click below to learn more.



African Dance

Saturdays we hold our African dance classes with Rumbi from Barefeet Dance Tribe. This group includes some of our more experienced dance kids from The Demoractic Republic of The Congo (DRC) in Africa. We hope to provide entertainment throughout the year and celebrate the heritage of these kids as well.

Our Program

2017 – 2020 In Review

Although we are a young program we have been through and done so much. We started with ONE garden just a few years ago now we have 3 and a high tunnel. We look forward to creating a positivie change within the immigrant community as well as Akron as a whole. Take a look at our 1st few years below:

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Covid-19 Update!

We will continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Ohio, C.D.C, and W.H.O. 

As we follow thoes guidelines we will continue with our Yard Corps program for our 12-17 year olds. We will be able to accept yardwork jobs and continue with our dance, tutoring, and ninja warrior course. In doing this we will abide by all sanitary and social distancing rules.



What’s NEW with

Shanti Community Farms?

News, notes, and updates.

New Board Members

In January our board met to welcome some new members. We rely on a strong board to  help us excute our plans and programs each year. Learn more about our board and the founders of Shanti Community Farms by clicking below.

In The News

Recently we were contacted by Akron Life magazine for a story on our program! We are humbled by the interest of a great local publication. Please check back soon to see how it turned out!




Years Established

Get In Touch

Location: 240 E. Tallmadge Ave. Akron, OH

Telephone: (330) 634-6489 / 1 (360) 915.3977 /               (330) 328.5624


School Hours: 24/7 365

Non-Discrimination Policy

Shanti Community Farms is in equal opportunity Non Profit organization. We seek to create a safe, creative and sustainable space for new immigrants while intergrating the surrounding Akron community. For more information please use our contact page.