Inspiring people to get back to nature as a way of spiritual uplifting and healthy living – these have been the goals of Bhakti Urban Farm, 5415 Wheatley St., since its founding about three years ago.
“We’re trying to inspire people to a holistic lifestyle,” said Hari Kota, Bhakti’s manager.
The map to the farm’s philosophy is based on wisdom from ancient agrarian cultures derived from Vedic texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, said Kote.
Bhakti Urban Farm accomplishes this through sustainability practices, like caring for land and cows, as well as through performing arts, music, meditation and yoga.
To broaden its exposure to the local community, the farm has a newly branded event, “Soulebrate Sundays,” which will now take place once a week from 9 a.m.-noon.
Visitors can take a tour around the farm’s garden, which is around an acre in size, stay for the “Bhakti Circle” - a meditation program - and finish their time at the farm, with lunch provided by the farm. There is no fee to attend, but donations are welcome.
“We’ve always had people come on the farm on the weekend,” Kota said. “There was feedback to ‘brand’ it so people in the community could understand and participate.”
Kote mentioned that the farm has long had a type of meditation circle and lunch on Sundays, but by putting a name to it, is inviting more people to stop by and become part of it.
While volunteers are welcome to come on Saturday to help tend the garden, Kote said visitors who want can also bring their gardening tools on Sunday to work in the garden.
Bhakti Urban Farm offers guided yoga classes for $10. Walk-ups are welcome, but residents who want to join can also sign-up and see the event calendar on the farm’s website: https://www.bhaktiurbanfarm.org/.
In the coming weeks, Kota said there are plans to begin hosting workshops at the farm either on Saturday or Sunday. The workshops would be cohesive with the farm’s purpose, for example, the workshops would be over gardening or canning.
And on Aug. 29, Kota said that he hopes the farm is able to hold cooking classes once again.
“We discontinued cooking classes because COVID-19 and now we are hoping to open back up at limited capacity at least once a month,” Kota said concerning the cooking classes.
With each new event or program added to its calendar, the urban farm seeks to provide a solution for the exploitation of natural resources by teaching people about renewable agriculture.