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Music, Fashion, Food, & Community!

NOVEMBER 3rd, 2023

@ The Summit Art Space/Downtown Akron




We are refreshing our website.

We’ve placed some information below on upcoming events and the main facets of our nonprofit. Until we get the rest of our website up, contact with any questions, large donations, or for more information!

We depend on generous donations from people just like you to keep our programs going each year. Donate today!


More info:

Community Party & Fundraiser for

The Black Beanz African Dance Crew

Join us as we recognize the recent success of The Black Beanz African Dance Crew. Not only has their hard work paid off in Ohio but now these guys are off to the World of Dance Finals Week in Anaheim. Come celebrate, dance, sing, eat, and party the night away on June 10th from 6pm – 10pm!

Tickets are FREE but a $25 donation amount is suggested. Donations will also be accepted during the event.

Get Tickets Now:

The Black Beanz are headed to California for the World of Dance Finals, and they need your help! Use the button below to donate to The Black Beanz GoFundMe!

We appreiiate the continuted support of the Ohio Arts Council.


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.

For more information on our Yard Corps services please contact:

Shanti Farms & The Akron Zoo

In 2023 Shanti Farms and The Akron Zoo partnered to create some brand-new Community Gardens. The Akron Zoo will provide the land and Shanti Farms will be the curators and caretakers of the land providede by the Zoo.


Much more to come. Check back soon for updates on this amazing project and partnership.

Summit Lake Farmers Market

We had the pleasure of being a part of the 2022 Summit Lake Farmers Market. Sponsored and managed by Lets Grow Akron . Members of our Yard Corps & Black Beanz groups both participated in this weekly event! The crew took time on Tuesday to bake traditional African bread (kind of like American doughnuts..but a little less sweet), vegetables grown by Shanti Farms, & Black Beanz Merchandise. 

We help the kids to understand that the skills they are learning and using for the Farmers Marketing (creating products, inventory lists, setting up their table) are all skills they can use throughout life to be successful and maybe even create & run their own businesses.

The doughnuts were a HIT at the farmers market and we sold out each week!!

The doughnuts were a HIT at the farmers market and we sold out each week!!

We look forward to being a part of this weekly event again next year!

*All proceeds go to building and expanding our Shanti Farms Programs!

Board Members

Tom Crain (Founder)

Bhakta Rizal (Co-Founder)

David Brooks (Marketind Director)

Sarah Scmidt

Kyengye Elale