Farm to Table
The relationship between our food, where it’s grown and how it’s prepared and an individual’s holistic health is a key component of the Shala. We use the highest quality of resources at all time and infuse them with our love and presence. Ayurveda, the Science of Longevity serves as the guiding principle for all of our meal preparations.
Seasonal Organic Unprocessed Local
Chef Dava Parr
Chef Dava Parr arrives at the Shala from Paonia, Colorado, a pastoral little orchard and mountain town on the western slope of Colorado. While living in Paonia, Dava owned and operated a Farm to Table Restaurant and Inn, called Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse for 8 years. She and her group of Merry Pranksters, aka the lovely folk she employed, grew their own vegetables and worked with local ranchers, vintners and orchardists to source the most amazing foods to cook for her Farmhouse clientele. Always inspired and forever a foodie at heart, Dava went on to receive many accolades that included Sunset magazines top 10 farmhouse vacations as the Best Farmhouse to eat. https://www.sunset.com/…/outdoor…/farm-winery-vacation-trips
A couple years later she received a mention in USA Today as one of the top farm to table restaurants in the nation. http://slowfoodwesternslope.org/fresh-wyld-one-of-usa-toda…/
Dava has also owned restaurants in Aspen, Colorado and London, England before her adventure in Paonia with famous but now defunct, Fresh and Wyld. She also cooked privately for a few of Hollywoods most notorious actors but she doesn’t cook and tell.
Still on the path of vital energizing farms to cook fresh meals out of, Dava has landed at the Circle Yoga Shala and has picked up her pans once again. She studied Ayurvedic Cooking at Hale Pule in Hawaii this past Spring (as the Volcano was blowing!!) and loves honing her Ayurvedic cookery skills for all who come.
Wild Crafter Forager Gardener
Farm Manager, Haleigh Smith
Haleigh comes to the Shala from Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a home for big cats and one of the largest facilities of its kind open to the public in the United States. She designed and implemented their massive composting operation.
A degree in Horticulture, she has managed other urban farm projects in Northwest Arkansas. Haleigh’s passion for working in cooperation with nature to grow and produce the highest quality of nourishment for all levels of being human is a gift to all who come. A wild crafter and forager, she utilizes all aspects of the domestic gardens to the abundant forests surrounding the shala.
Haleigh is also a Circle Yoga Shala trained teacher at the 500RYT level and offers weekly Yoga classes open to the public every Wednesday at 6:15 PM and Saturday at 10:30 AM.
CYS is an approved farm with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms Organization: www.wwoofusa.org
The property consists of approximately 1/2 acre organic vegetable gardens, flower and herb gardens, an orchard, bees, chickens and horses. WWOOFers have access to yoga classes and philosophy discussions as available, if desired. We are located in the foothills of the Ozarks and are within minutes from many natural wonders, such as the National Buffalo River for floating, national park hiking trails like Hawksbill Crag, elk herds, crystal caves and more.
We can host a maximum number of three WWOOFers in the spring through mid-summer of 2016, and will host at least 1 through summer.
The property is connected to a water source provided by the rural water company; however, we collect our cooking and drinking water from a spring that is prolific, pure and does not need filtering.
We do not accept pets; however, we have many four-legged animals here for your enjoyment.
Our goal this season is to expand what is already in place in terms of production and also efficiency. We would like WWOOFers who have a basic knowledge of gardening. We also have a great interest in learning permaculture, and would like to move in that direction.