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Spots Still Available for the Jewish Farm School’s Alternative Break!

Spaces are still available for the June 15-22 Organic Farm Alternative Break with The Jewish Farm School with Rabbi Jacob Fine and Permaculture Designers Tali Weinberg and Sarai Shapiro. Participants learn a wide range of skills in sustainable and organic agriculture such as planting, harvesting, natural building and composting as they gain exposure to the growing food justice movement within the Jewish and secular worlds. Click here for additional information and how to register.

Like Daughter, Like Mother

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A lot of the work I have been doing for my AmeriCorps VISTA placement with Hazon (in partnership with Just Food) is involvement with Hazon’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. There are more than 40 Hazon CSA’s throughout the country, out of those, I am responsible for supporting the 8 New York CSAs. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job has been helping to start up 3 new ones here in New York, one of which was started by my very own Mother.

Growing Food Justice: How going local can help feed our city…and the world.

As Shavuot approaches and we reflect on the significance of harvest festivals in contemporary (urban) times, the AJWS-AVODAH Partnership is hosting an interactive program on hunger in NYC and what you can do about it! If you are in the NYC area you should definitely check out this event.

Date: Wednesday, May 12th

Time: Light dinner and registration at 6:30pm, program at 7pm sharp

Place: The Commons on Atlantic, in Downtown Brooklyn

Address: 388 Atlantic Ave (map)

To register: Click here

Speakers include:

Part I of Bi-Weekly series featuring NYC Synangogue B’nai Jeshurun CSA

Susan Bodnar, the Lead Coordinator at BJ Hazorim, a new CSA at B’nai Jeshurun synagogue on the Upper West Side started a series on the progress of the CSA on the “The City Greens” Blog. Check it out here.

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Jewish Groups Fight “Food Deserts”

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Check out this great article in the L.A. Times about the Progressive Jewish Alliance organizing a tour of food deserts in Los Angeles. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Jewish community groups aim to broaden the growing local and national campaigns to attract more supermarkets to poor neighborhoods, where limited access to healthful food has been linked to obesity, diabetes and other diseases. Programs are sprouting up in Louisiana, New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania.”

Read more here.

Calling all Brooklyn Food and Food Justice Enthusiasts!

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On March 22nd, you’ll have an opportunity to meet Fred and Karen Lee of Sang Lee Farms, who will be providing the new Brooklyn Bridge CSA members with fresh, certified organic, local produce starting June 8, 2010. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about the CSA, how to become a member, and how you can take on a more active leadership role.

Meet the Farmer!
Monday, March 22 at 7:30pm
Congregation Mt. Sinai
250 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn

Free Fruit Trees!

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The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is a nonprofit charity dedicated to planting edible, fruitful trees and plants to benefit the environment and all its inhabitants. Their primary mission is to plant and help others plant a collective total of 18 billion fruit trees across the world (approximately 3 for every person alive) and encourage their growth under organic standards. The Foundation is now soliciting proposals for groups to get free fruit trees! They are looking for community gardens in particular. This is an excerpt from the application that you can find below:

The Israeli Food Justice Resolution: Interview with David Krantz

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Thanks to David Krantz, Chairperson and President of the Green Zionist Alliance for participating in this interview about the development of a Food Justice Resolution to be passed through the World Zionist Congress in Israel.

What is the Green Zionist Alliance? What is its mission?

Based in New York, the Green Zionist Alliance strives to connect the Diaspora with Israel’s environment. We work to support Israeli environmental nonprofits, and by appointing GZA members, such as Dr. Alon Tal to the board of Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael (KKL), we help to green Israel by shaping the environmental policy of one of Israel’s largest organizations.

Topsy Turvy Time

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The  Climate Change Bus Tour, a joint project of The Teva Learning Center and Hazon,  is now in its final leg of the their cross-country tour!

It has been an incredible journey so far. Hundreds of Jewish students, teachers, and families have engaged with environmental education programs and activities. Many have also signed the Jewish Climate Change pledge committing themselves to sustainable action and advocacy.

Check out the latest video of the bus tour’s Chanukah out west and the latest press in The Jewish Exponent.

Hazon CSA featured in The Jewish Week!

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Check out this article in The Jewish Week that features the Hazon CSA at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the Northshore in Long Island, NY. The syanagogue’s cantor Eric Schumiller highlights the cooperation between his synagogue and the farm, as well their emphasis on environmentalism.

Photo Credit to Lauren Pulver