Ananda Gardens Vermont’s Wellness Farm, is an innovative diverse family farm.
We create healthy living and connection with nature through organic farming and wellness experiences. Our vision is to create wellness on earth through farming, inspiring happiness and awareness of our interconnection with the natural world.
We grow organic produce that we distribute through our CSA and to local restaurants, wedding caterers, and wholesalers. We donate over a thousand pounds of vegetables a season to Community Harvest of Central Vermont, which distributes to local food pantries, senior and family centers, and community lunches.
We grow medicinal herbs like Hemp and Lily of the Valley and provide raw material to CBD Vermont and Restorative Formulations.
We also create wellness experiences for our community and visitors to connect with nature through farm events, visits, and other activities.
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 and brings her cooking experience into the farm kitchen. She is a creative force on the farm. She is also massage therapist, yoga teacher, expressive arts coach and educator, 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.
What does Ananda mean?
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.