Ananda Gardens is a diverse, small scale farm, located 10 minutes from downtown Montpelier.
Operated and owned by a bicultural family of four: Patrick the farmer, Melisa the Chef and Health Coach, and the daughters Ananda (5 years old) and Baby Munay, who are the inspiration and motivation. They work in collaboration with a skillful and inspired team of young farm workers.
Our Mission is to use innovative and regenerative farming practices to produce delicious and nutritious food in living soil, creating health and wellness for our community. Offering fresh, delicious, and nutritious organic veggies through a Convenient Home Delivery CSA, Farmstand CSA, and wholesale.
Ananda Gardens is an expression of living a happy life with purpose and mindfulness, always searching for balance and harmony with our nature.
Our Vision is To live a good life, grow, and prosper in connection with nature.
We are here to be happy, be in harmony, and be mindful.
We express happiness through the quality of our produce and service, with friendliness and belonging, always in search for balance.
We live in harmony through our commitment to be organized, consistent, systematic, and open to change, reducing risk and flowing in our work with confidence and efficiency.
We are mindful with an awakened presence, moving with purpose, putting our intentions into actions. Understanding the deep reasons of why we do what we do (following systems and procedures) and taking care of our resources and each other, with compassion and empathy.
Meet your farmers
Patrick is the farm manager of Ananda Gardens. He manages the farm crew and daily operations. He is committed to innovative growing practices and constantly learning and improving. He graduated from the UC Santa Cruz Farming apprenticeship, and has a degree in Geology from Colorado College. He has experience farming in the US, Peru and El Salvador. His other interests include meditation, yoga, literature, and water sports.
Known as "the boss" of Ananda Gardens, she is the main inspiration for what we do. It is our goal to provide her with the best quality food and create a wonderful childhood developing a strong connection to nature.
Ananda is a creative, kind, independent, and fun kid. She is going to start Kindergarten this fall and is very excited. She continues to dance and is now part of Moving Light Dance in Montpelier.
Melisa is the marketing, customer service, and wellness manager of Ananda Gardens. She is a chef, so she brings her cooking experience into the farm kitchen and life. She is a creative force on the farm. She is also health coach, massage therapist, yoga teacher, and a devoted mother.
She has created the convenient home delivery system for Ananda Gardens, as a direct, fair, and responsible way to develop a local economy in our community. .
While Oliver’s main role at Ananda Gardens is Field Manager, he also plays an integral part in harvests and processing our produce. He is dedicated to tending soil and plant health to bring wholesome food to you while preserving the farm’s ecology. When not pursuing his passion for ecology and healthy food, Oliver is an avid musician and nature-based educator.
Oliver has a B.A. in Ecology from Sterling College and an A.S. in Landscape Design and Horticulture from Vermont Tech, as well as many years of experience organic farming and gardening. This is his third season with Ananda Gardens.
Louli is the harvest manager at Ananda Gardens, and she is also involved in caring for the veggies from seed to harvest. She works alongside her brother Oliver and she sees herself as a steward and a lifelong student of farming. Louli is inspired by Ananda Gardens’ multifaceted mission of care and respect for the earth and each other; she loves making fresh produce available to Ananda Gardens customers. Louli has studied at Sterling College, where she gained some ecological knowledge and perspective. Besides vegetable farming and its labors and joys, Louli enjoys playing the banjo and the Irish harp for personal recreation and performing with her musical siblings at concerts throughout VT.
Ananda is a sanskrit word that means bliss. For us farming and sharing what we grow is bliss. It is to eat and live well, serve our community, respect the sacredness of earth, and honor its gifts.