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“Being surrounded by such a dynamic and inspired community of diverse farmers, each sharing their own approach of Judaism, agroecology, and everything in between, was a truly precious experience. You have created an exceptionally inclusive and kind space for farmers to share, think together, feel together. I didn't run into a single participant who wasn't thrilled beyond measure to be present"

Cultivating Culture 2020 participant

It's been four years since our last gathering and we can't wait to see you! 

 

This event  will convene 120 Jewish farmers for a weekend of learning and community building at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT. The kitchen and dining room are glatt kosher under supervision of the Hartford Kashrut Commission.

Our schedule will highlight the many facets of Jewish agricultural wisdom, uplift the diverse stories of Jewish farmers past and present and leave room for lots of structured and unstructured shmoozing (socializing).. Past session topics have included ancestral livestock ethics, Jewish food justice, the Torah of trees, and Jewish farm economics.

More information about this year's conference is coming soon, including:

Full conference schedule

Teacher Bios

Travel information

Details on our pre-conference schitah (kosher slaughter) intensive

 

 

 

Why an application? 

Jewish Farmer Network was founded to fill a void. There was no space in the Jewish community for farmers and no space in the farming community for Jews. JFN is focused on providing resources and content that sit firmly at the intersection of Judaism and agriculture while providing community building opportunities to Jewish agrarians. We are proud to be the ONLY organization serving Jewish farmers. 

 

While our resources and online classes are open to anyone from academics to proud parents of farmers, our upcoming in-person conference will be a little bit different. Due to limited space at our venue, and in an effort to stay true to our mission and purpose, we are taking conscious steps to prioritize farmers’ access to this event. While our definition of “farmer” includes growers of all scales - from shepherds of thousand head sheep operations, to intrepid urban farmers, to stewards of three acre homesteads, it might not include proud CSA subscribers or those growing tomatoes on their apartment balcony.  Working Jewish farmers have limited access to relevant Jewish learning and affirming, accessible Jewish community and we owe it to them to hold the container they deserve. 

If you are not a farmer, but you love farmers and love the idea of Jewish farmers getting together, please help us make this event as abundant and accessible as possible by donating

We also know the question of who is or isn't a farmer is both expansive and even fraught. Some of you might carry the weight of imposter syndrome around, wondering if you are “farmer enough” to qualify. This question can be influenced by conventions of race, class, gender, sexuality, land access, and ability. With that in mind, we want to affirm that if you feel yourself to be a farmer (even and perhaps especially if you have felt gate kept from this identity) we encourage you to apply.  

 

With all of that in mind, we are so excited to invite you to apply to attend our IN PERSON conference in December of 2024. We kept the application as short as we could. Applicants will be notified of their application status by the end of June, at which point, registration will be open. 

 

 

Am I Jewish “enough” to participate? Yes!!! Jewish Farmer Network formed from the need and desire for a Jewish community that centers and uplifts Jewish agrarians, from every point of the kaleidoscope of Jewish (and agricultural!) identity, background, and experience. We are not gatekeepers or arbiters of who is Jewish. If you hold Jewish heritage or identity, you are welcome. If you come from a multi-tradition household/family, you are welcome. If you are a Jew-by-choice, you are welcome. If you are Jewish but have never stepped into a Jewish space before, you are especially welcome. Come as you are, as you are. We are thrilled to meet you, to learn from you, and to craft ever-more accessible spaces for learning and connection.

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