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Miles, Matt. "Small is Beautiful." Earth Island Journal. Autumn 2019.

SCOTT JOHNSON LIKES TO DO THINGS THE HARD WAY. Or so it might seem to the casual observer walking past the Low Technology Institute on this sunny afternoon in the historic village of Cooksville, Wisconsin. While we talk, he is mowing the front lawn with a scythe, circling a square, working from the outside in.

Johnson has the trim physique of someone well acquainted with physical labor. Long brown hair spills from underneath a straw hat, and his face is framed by a slightly shaggy beard. His eyes flicker with intensity as he talks. I notice a tendency in his speech to spiral out towards related ideas before circling back to the subject at hand. In Johnson’s world, as in nature, everything is connected. He thinks in systems, in loops, in circles. 

Baldwin, Isabelle. "From Field to Vase: Local Flower Farms." Alexandria Living. August 31, 2019.

Wearing overalls and a tank top, Sid Egly greets me on his 1-acre flower farm in Poolesville, Maryland, his hair pulled back and wildflower tattoo on display. 

Egly is the embodiment of a flower farmer — warm, observant, ready to get his hands dirty. He is one of a few Certified Naturally Grown, or CNG, farmers in Montgomery County. That means Egly's Gypsy Flower Farm specializes in growing unique and beautiful cut flowers without the use of pesticides or chemicals. 

Farmers use pesticides to control weeds, insect infestation and diseases, which increase crop production, and, in turn, profits. 

For organic growers, however, basing your garden on the theory that “nature knows best” has its advantages, too. 

Lobell, Kylie Ora. "Chabad Couple Runs the Kosher Farm on Maui." Jewish Journal. July 31, 2019.

Each day, after Rabbi Mendel and Rebbetzin Chani Zirkind wake up, they say their prayers, learn some Torah, meet with members of their community, and tend to the chickens, goats, ducks, sheep and geese on their farm — in Maui.

Mendel and Chani, who grew up in Israel and Southern California respectively, married two-and-a-half years ago. Five months after their wedding, they moved to Hawaii to fulfill Mendel’s lifelong goal to work on a farm.

“Since I was a kid, I always wanted to raise the food I was cooking,” he said. “I had this dream of living on a farm and raising my own chickens and sheep.”...

Through some connections in the Chabad world, the Zirkinds temporarily replaced the former Chabad emissaries living in Maui and took over the farm, simply called the Kosher Farm on Maui. Today, they have 1.5 acres of land filled with animals, mango groves, papaya and avocado trees, and banana plants. They provide private catering — Mendel is a shochet — and sell homemade apple and banana chips. 

Bernstein, Jesse. "Jewish Farm School to Close." Jewish Exponent. July 11, 2019.

After nearly 14 years of operation, the Jewish Farm School, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching Jews and non-Jews alike about sustainability, farming skills and the importance of connection to land, all through a Jewish lens, will close this fall. The group announced the decision via its Facebook page.

“When Jewish Farm School launched in 2005, the idea of Jewish farm-based education was on the margins of the contemporary organized Jewish community,” read a statementposted on the organization’s website. “Today, that story has changed, as there are over 20 significant Jewish community farming organizations reaching tens of thousands of participants each year.”

Ettlinger, Rachel. "Goshen Farm’s matzo goes organic for Passover." Times Herald-Record. April 14, 2019.

"It’s one thing to be Kosher for Passover, but to be organic and Kosher for Passover?

 

The Yiddish Farm has both, in its Eretz Goshen Matzo Shumra.

 

“As a Jewish farmer, it makes sense to make a Jewish product, right?” Farm manager Yisroel Bass said. ”...It’s insane that this product even exists.”

 

The nonprofit farm and agricultural organization produces organic, Kosher for Passover matzo that’s available to order for the upcoming Jewish holiday through Mon. April 15.

 

From Goshen land (eretz), the cracker-like bread is watched, or “guarded,” (shumra) more closely than a typical matzo, from the planting of the crops, to the milling of the grains, to the baking.

 

Yiddish Farm’s matzo is made from wheat and spelt that is grown and milled on Bass’ family farm. Then a dough is made and baked at Monsey Matzah Bakery in Monroe…."

Blake, Ethan. "Could the Ancient Jewish Practice of Shmita Be a New Tool for Sustainable Ag?" Civil Eats. March 28, 2019.

"The practice of letting the land lie fallow after every six years of farming requires a complete reset in sustainable practices—and could gain traction as a way to combat climate change.

...Many farms leave portions of the land fallow for a season. But, says Lucy Zwigard, a farmer at Urban Adamah who has also practiced agroecology in France, “what sets Shmita apart from typical crop rotations is that it invites us to re-imagine our fundamental relationship with the land. Winter cover cropping and no-till farming, for instance, are still production-based and ‘business-as-usual.’ Shmita is a full-stop, reset, rethink of cultivation….”

…."

Futterman, Allison. "Nati Passow: Combining Judaism and Food Justice." Jewish Journal. August 30, 2018.

"When you combine deep passion for environmental issues, agriculture and Judaism, you have Nati Passow. As the co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Jewish Farm School in Philadelphia, Passow works to be a force for positive change, based on Jewish agricultural and religious traditions. The Jewish Farm School uses Jewish history and traditions and applies them to the modern world. 

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in religion and environmental studies, Passow spoke with the Journal about why his passion for environmental food justice is an intrinsic part of Judaism…."

Lowitt, Bruce. "The Pomegranate: From the Promised Land to the Sunshine State." Jewish Press of Pinellas County. August 24, 2018.

"ZOLFO SPRINGS – There’s a bit of the Middle East here in the middle of Florida, where pomegranates – one of the seven fruits named in Deuteronomy as representing the bounty of Israel – grow in abundance.

It’s called Green Sea Farms, 31 acres, six devoted to 130 varieties of pomegranates, two more acres to a pomegranate nursery, some of the rest open to cattle they breed, chickens and vegetables. David and Cynthia Weinstein bought the property in 2004 after 25 years of living and working on boats and cruising the Caribbean, when St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands was their home port.

 

'We were in our 50s and didn’t know anything about land life, farming, anything,' David said. 'We bought a conversion van, lived in that and leased out the property to a farmer for cattle grazing while trying to decide what we could do with it. Animals? Solar? Windmills? Fruit trees? In 2011 we decided on pomegranates....'"

Hanoch, ​Vivian. "Got Chickens?" MyJewishDetroit.org. August 2018.

"Welcome to Farber Farm, celebrating our roots and inspiring kids to eat more veggies at Tamarack Camps.

Do you believe in miracles? Come, plant the seeds of change in the landscape of Camp Maas and watch it grow in 23 acres earmarked for development in the new Farber Farm.

A first of its kind in Michigan, Tamarack Camps’ Farber Farm is conceived as a model for educational farm-based programming for more than 1,000 campers during the summer months and up to 10,000 visitors each year. With an initial investment of $2 million in “seed” money from the Farber family, this project was launched and completed in time for Tamarack Camps’ first session of its 2018 season…."

Graham, Conner. "You Should Know…Shani Mink." Baltimore Jewish Times. May 24, 2018.

"For Shani Mink, love of Judaism and love of farming cannot be separated. Mink, a Baltimore City resident and farmer-educator at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown, first started working on a farm while a student at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In addition to farming throughout her undergrad, she received a permaculture design certificate from a farm in Israel, and now, back in the states, is putting it to use.

Mink is the co-founder of the Jewish Farmer Network, a group that aims to connect Jewish farmers in regions and countries around the world and provide WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) services for those that adhere to kashrut laws and observe Shabbat. Along with her work in agriculture, Mink is a Jewish educator in Baltimore City and hosts a monthly Rosh Chodesh event for women…"

Kay-Gross, Adina. "The Wow Metric of Success: Jewish Life Blooms on the Farm." The Covenant Foundation. May 10, 2018

"Spring has arrived, and the Jewish community is busy planting with purpose.

In Vaughan, Ontario, the yellow coltsfoot and purple-blue scilla are just starting to flower at the Kavanah Garden, a half acre community garden that’s part of Shoresh, the Canadian-based Jewish environmental organization that includes the Kavanah Garden and Bela Farm. On “Yom Manual Labor” just a few weeks ago, volunteers gathered to turn the soil, plant seeds, paint outdoor tables and participate in construction projects with the Shoresh team, preparing the garden for growing season…."

Lipsitz, Aaron and Koby Ellick. "A Long Life for a Short Holiday." Medium. May 7, 2018.

"Koby Maxwell Ellick and Aaron Jerome Lipsitz are sophomores attending Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. During their spring semester they conducted a research project concerning crop insurance, sustainability and water efficiency on a national level and within Watauga County.

Chuck Lieberman is a small farmer is Deep gap North Carolina. Chuck has operated a choose ’n’ cut Christmas tree farm in the heart of the high country since 1980. Chuck is active member of the Watauga County farming community and a founder of the Jewish Temple in the High Country. Chuck was nice enough to give us an interview and a tour around his farm…"

Liphshiz, Cnaan. "Outside London, British Jewry's first communal farm in decades takes root." The Times of Israel. May 5, 2018.

 

"CHELSFIELD, United Kingdom (JTA) — Five years ago, Talia Chain and her husband had the best-laid plans for living in a central London apartment surrounded by young and hip high-tech professionals like them.

 

Unaffordable to most Britons, this English dream was well within reach for Chain, the founder of a fashion marketing startup, and Josh Charig, a successful data analyst and beer connoisseur.

 

But through an unlikely turn of events, the Jewish couple from London city instead moved last year to the capital’s agricultural outskirts, where they are both involved in setting up the first Jewish communal farm on British soil in decades…."

West, Kevin. "Soil + Shul: A Jewish colony that came and went in the Berkshires." Berkshire Magazine. May 2018.

"Lorraine and Steve German, like many long-married couples, tell stories in stereo: He is eager and provides narrative momentum; she is precise and supplies detail. In their living room in North Granby, Connecticut, they sat down to discuss how Lorraine, a self-taught historian, came to document a largely forgotten period of local history in her upcoming book Soil + Shul in the Berkshires: The Untold Story of Sandisfield’s Jewish Farm Colony. 

Established in 1902 with backing from a European philanthropist, the Sandisfield colony peaked around 1940, when Jewish landowners comprised one-quarter of the town’s total population. How the colony came about and how Lorraine became its chronicler are tandem stories, one that begins in 1975, the other ending in 1976…."

Gabison, Yoram. "Israel's Indebted Farmers Are Pulling Up Their Roots and Moving Overseas." Haaretz. April 27, 2018.

"Ask an Israeli which of the nation’s achievements he’s proud of, and he’ll probably name high-tech and making the desert bloom, a euphemism for farming technology.

No question, Israeli agricultural technology has some stunning achievements, including drip irrigation, the creation of new variations of fruit and vegetables, and world-beating crop and dairy yields. Decades before “Startup Nation,” Israeli agritech was reaching remote parts of Asia and Africa…"

Eichner, Itamar. "The Jews-by-choice of San Nicandro, Italy." Y Net News. April 24, 2018.

"The small synagogue in the remote village of San Nicandro, in the province of Puglia in southeastern Italy, is the only one in the world where the women’s section is three times as large as that of the men.

 

The unique synagogue is located in a small building which the women, many of whom are engaged in agriculture, bought in 1994 with money they had collected on their own, lira by lira, and without any external help, so that they would have a place to pray. “We would tell our husbands that the price of the dress we bought was a bit more expensive, and we would save the difference in money for the purchase of the synagogue,” one says with a wry smile…"

Cortina, Matt. "Jewish community farming takes root in Boulder." Boulder Weekly. March 29, 2018.

"What kinds of food do you think about when you think of Jewish cuisine? Whatever they are — creamy kugel dishes, hulking deli sandwiches, Mediterranean hummus plates or maybe, right now, Passover seders — the folks behind the Colorado Jewish Food Festival hope you think about one thing above all: sustainability. 

Now, we’re reaching terminal velocity on the term “sustainability,” but its concepts are taking root in food systems around the world. And the application of these earth- and community-friendly farming principles to the Jewish community is a veritable revolution…"

Rosenstein, Joshua. "Rising to the Occassion." JMORE. March 26, 2018.

"Park Heights resident Ian Yosef Hertzmark does many things with his time, more than one might think possible. 

A mild-mannered farmer, baker, pickle maker and father of four young children, he also has a full-time job running a kosher line at a local meatpacking plant. In that latter role, Hertzmark works directly under Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, rabbinic administrator of the Baltimore-based Star-K kosher supervisory organization. 

 

Last spring, Hertzmark mentioned to Rabbi Heinemann that he was growing “biblical grains” at his farm just outside of Randallstown. The rabbi was intrigued. After a careful inspection, he told Hertzmark that his grains could qualify to be made into the most kosher of kosher ingredients — shmurah matzoh flour…"

Chernick, Ilanit. "South African Jewish Farmers Concerned about Land Expropriation." The Jerusalem Post. March 12, 2018. 

"South Africa’s Jewish farmers have shared their concerns over calls for land expropriation without compensation.

This comes after Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African National Congress (ANC) adopted a motion for the expropriation of white-owned land, meaning farms, without compensation. The motion was passed by the National Assembly last month, with a vote of 241 to 83. This past week it was also agreed to by the National Council of Provinces.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post this week, Isaac Jocum, an extensive beef producer in the province of North West, said that he has been farming for 33 years. “I am the third generation farmer in the Jocum family. My family purchased this land in 1934 and were of the first pioneers to start farming in this area,” he explained…" 

Nargi, Lela. "This Revolution Will Be Farmed." Civil Eats. March 7, 2018.

"A long-bearded, bespectacled Nathan Kleinman is standing inside a hoophouse in Southern New Jersey he proudly announces he got for free from a local farmer. Excitedly, he holds up plastic baggies containing his latest accessions of seeds. “These are Chinquapin chestnuts—they’re sweet and small,” he says, pouring what look like dark brown cap-less acorns into his palm. Back into their bag they go so he can show off the rest of his prizes: “Korean stone pines—they’re really rare. Bittenfelder apples, which are good to use for rootstock. Oh, these are cool; they’re from monkey puzzle trees, which are native to Chile.” 

Weingarden, Michele. "Boulder JCC’s Milk and Honey Farm Receives Coveted National PJ Library Grant." Boulder Jewish News. February 19, 2018.

"Denver, CO – PJ Library, powered by JEWISHcolorado, is pleased to announce that the Boulder Jewish Community Center’s Milk and Honey Farm has been awarded a PJ Library Spark Grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.  Starting this spring, this prestigious grant will allow the Farm to offer families with young children programs such as Farmside Shabbats, Baby Goat Shavuot and Jewish yoga. 

Milk and Honey Farm is one of only three farms across North America awarded this first-ever grant to build new collaborations between PJ Library and the field of Jewish farming. A key goal is to engage families who are not regularly participating in Jewish or PJ Library programming. PJ Library is pairing this initiative with a new series of books tailored around outdoor environmental education…" 

Donath, Jessica. "Man of Micro Greens." Jewish Journal. February 14, 2018.

"A micro-crisis unfolded at the Beverly Hills Farmers Market in late January. It pitted loyal customers of Westside Urban Gardens, a small micro greens farm, against one another. The losers had to leave the Sunday market without some of their favorite greens, such as the coveted pale yellow leaves of Ethiopian mustard. 

 

Farmer Nate Looney had experienced a significant crop failure a few weeks earlier.

 

“Because there was a limited amount, people who are regular customers really wanted their micro greens,” he says. “It was a huge balagan.” 

The 33-year-old veteran turned to farming after graduating from American Jewish University with a degree in business. A class on the economy and sustainability during his senior year flipped the switch…" 

Torok, Ryan. "A Tu B’Shevat Question: Do We Care Enough About Mother Earth?" Jewish Journal. January 24, 2018.

 

"...Devorah Brous, founding executive director of Netiya, a Los Angeles-based food justice organization, is focused on improving the choices individuals and the community make around food. Brous was hired by Netiya in 2011, aiming to help Los Angeles synagogues to transform their underused land into food-producing gardens. 

Her efforts have yielded mixed results, said Brous, who discovered that many of L.A.’s Jewish leaders are less concerned about sustainable agriculture and healthy eating than she is. As a result, the organization is putting a greater emphasis on working with the city. Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu recently helped Netiya secure a parcel of land that it plans to convert into an urban farm. Brous also expressed excitement about local legislation that would provide tax incentives for landowners to dedicate their property to food production…."

Musleah, Rahel. "My Daughter, the Farmer." Hadassah Magazine. January 2018.

In the front page article of Hadassah Magazine's January/February 2018 edition, "My Daughter, the Farmer," Rahel Musleah explores the growing trend of Jewish female farmers. 

"Janna Siller supervises her farm crew as they hoe and hand weed the beds of mesclun springing up in tender shoots of red and green oak leaf, romaine and mustard. As the farm director at Adamah, a 10-acre organic production and teaching farm in Falls Village, Conn., she is disappointed that the area hasn’t seen rain in almost two weeks

Steinberg, Amanda. "Raising organic fowl isn’t a task for the chickenhearted." The Times of Israel. December 16, 2017.

"Israelis love chicken. Whether it’s served as schnitzel (with fries), laid on the grill, poached in chicken soup or carved into boneless pullet steaks, this domesticated fowl is eaten by 87 percent of the Israeli public nearly every day — that’s 58 kilos of chicken per capita each year. 

In fact, Israel is the world’s number-one consumer of chicken, ahead of Australia, the US, and Argentina, the countries that lead in global meat consumption, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development…"

Zighelboim, Selah Maya. "‘Shtetl Skills’ Workshop Series Blends Farming, Jewish Knowledge." Jewish Exponent. November 22, 2018.

"Nati Passow grew up in what he describes as an intellectual household — his parents are professors, and his brother and sister are rabbis — a far cry from his Holocaust-surviving ancestors who worked with their hands. 

Passow, Jewish Farm School executive director, started to notice a do-it-yourself culture emerging, one that celebrated brewing your own beer and baking your own bread. But often, as he saw it, this DIY culture didn’t acknowledge this expertise’s origin. 

In 2013, Passow started the Shtetl Skills workshop series to meld the two worlds of ancestral knowledge and DIY culture together. He wanted to explore how his shtetl-dwelling ancestors may have lived, rather than how they died." 

Cantor, Claire. "Living the dream: Irayne the pig farmer." The Jewish Chronicle. November 17, 2017.

"How many of your Jewish friends are lawyers, doctors, dentists or accountants? Let’s face it, we tend to think of these as “Jewish” professions. These are the occupations which bring parental pride, not to mention status and security. 

 

But what if your career plans veer far from the path followed by most of your Jewish peers?

...Irayne Paikin has a show-stopper of a job for a Jewish woman. She’s a pig farmer.

Paikin, 51, lives in the Cotswold countryside, where she is raising her family and running her thriving meat business at Todenham Manor Farm. She combines her love of the outdoors with her passion for authentic, homegrown food…" 

Schatz, Karl. "Forget the Jewish American Princess: Here come the Jewish American Farmgirls." Tablet. September 20, 2017.

"Until we started using the hashtag #JewishAmericanFarmgirl, our daughters had never heard the expression Jewish American Princess, which isn’t too surprising, since we live on a farm in Maine. That said, all three of our daughters have attended Levey Day School in Portland, Maine’s only Jewish Day School, so they’ve grown up with Judaism and Jewish culture being an active part of their everyday lives. We’re not in the traditional sense observant Jews, but we are committed Jews, and practice our own kind of agri-Judaism, focusing our practice and observance on ways that Judaism intersects with our rural and agricultural lifestyle. We pick our own apples for Rosh Hashana. We love Sukkot. We grow horseradish for Passover…" 

"Israelis log out of high-tech jobs for a life offline." Israel National News. August 28, 2017.

"Former technology executive Dotan Goshen carefully arranges some melons at the bottom of a crate, followed by courgettes, tomatoes and lettuce.

With a smile of satisfaction, he contemplates his "organic basket" ready to be delivered to a customer.
 

Goshen, a graduate of Israel's prestigious Technion technological institute, made a dramatic change of course after his boss called him at home one evening and berated him for not devoting himself sufficiently to his work - even though he was putting in at least 50 hours a week…"

Prince, Kathryn P. "Synagogues bet the farm on community-grown organic gardens." The Times of Israel. August 23, 2017.

"BRIARCLIFF MANOR, New York — The pumpkins are beginning to poke through the chocolate brown earth and in a few days the first ears of corn will be ready to harvest. Something is eating the broccoli, but the yellow tomatoes, the color of sunshine, look ripe.

Over in the chicken coop the birds — some black, some white, some mottled — perch contentedly.

“They are truly free range. It’s our minyan of chickens,” Rabbi Steven Kane said, closing the door so the chickens don’t escape into the parking lot.

It’s another morning on the farm here at Congregation Sons of Israel Community Organic Farm in Briarcliff Manor, New York."

Riordan, Kevin. "A new generation of Jewish farmers sees a fertile future in South Jersey." PhillyNews.com. July 25, 2017.

"Nate Kleinman, aka “Farmer Nate,” stands straw-hatted under the fierce sun at an experimental growing field in Salem County.

The unexceptional-looking expanse of sandy soil lies in the heart of America’s first Jewish agricultural settlement, a hamlet just off Route 55 near Vineland that Russian immigrants fleeing persecution founded as the Alliance Colony in 1882.

More recently, William and Malya Levin, a Brooklyn couple with New Jersey roots and big dreams, have begun to nurture 50 acres along Gershal Avenue in Pittsgrove Township back to productive life. Kleinman seeded two of those acres last spring with a variety of sample crops to figure out what will grow best there…"

Wiswell, Joyce. "Urban Farmer: Root Revival Acres In West Bloomfield." Detroit Jewish News. July 19, 2017.

"Jessica Ratzow figured she’d be all settled into her career by now as an energy company geologist. Instead, she spends each day digging in the dirt as part of the urban farming movement — and she couldn’t be happier.

 

“I love it,” she said of her backyard organic farm in West Bloomfield. “Any day out in the garden is better than sitting at a desk.”

Passersby would never suspect that behind the unassuming white house on Honeysuckle Road is a thriving garden producing some 40 varieties of vegetables, including squash, lettuce, potatoes, garlic, tomatoes, melons, peas, onions, radishes and herbs. The food is organically grown with products approved by the nonprofit Organic Materials Review Institute; but it’s not certified organic because, Ratzow said, obtaining that designation is prohibitively expensive…"

Levitt, Aimee. "Chicago Synagogue's Urban Garden Thrives, Feeding Thousands," The Forward. July 11, 2017.

"The farm at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago is very much an urban farm, with a bus line running past the side entrance, and tourists passing by to see Barack Obama’s former home across the street; so, the volunteer farmers do not feel obligated to wake up at the crack of dawn. Still, they prefer to work in the cool of a summer morning, so by 9:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday — farm day — the weekly harvest was well underway.

Half a dozen farmers crouched between the long rows of crops that run parallel to Hyde Park Boulevard, plucking large leaves of collards, kale and mustard, and small black raspberries and red serviceberries. In the synagogue vestibule, pungent with the smell of wild onions, another volunteer sorted the leafy greens and berries into boxes. The day’s yield would total about 50 pounds; later on in the season, when tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants are ripe, the volunteers anticipate a harvest five or six times that..."

ben Porat, Ido. "Good news for religious farmers." The Times of Israel. July 11, 2017.

"At the initiative of Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) and Deputy Minister of Finance Yitzhak Cohen, a fund will be established for farmers who observe the Jewish laws of the Shemitah (Sabbatical) year, whereby every seventh year Jewish farmers are prohibited from cultivating the Land of Israel...
 

According to the plan, the state and the Shemitah-observing farmers will set aside a sum of money each year to a designated fund that will be opened, thus providing economic security for farmers who observe Shemitah laws. The farmers will draw a monthly stipend during the Shemitah year funded by the deposits made during previous years…"

Wittenberg, Leah. "How A Mississippi Farmer Got Me Thinking About Eco-Kashrut." My Jewish Learning. May 16, 2017.

"I had been keeping kosher for two years before moving to Jackson, Mississippi. My reasoning for taking on the Jewish dietary laws was that every time I ate, a seemingly mundane and human activity, I was sure to be reminded of my Judaism.

However, there is debate these days about the humane or less-than-humane treatment of animals used for kosher meat and animal products. I am finally starting to realize that the treatment of the animals is important, because it not only affects them, but us as well—physically and psychologically. This idea of knowing where our food comes from and being aware that our food choices are ecologically sound is the main concept behind what is known as eco-kashrut."

Worthy, Patrice. "Sustainable Agriculture Brings Jews Back to Roots." Atlanta Jewish Times. Atlanta, GA. May 10, 2017.

 

"A few dedicated Jews in farm and gardening are making a difference in Atlanta as a grassroots organization known as the Jewish Farm and Food Alliance. Composed of gardeners, chefs, farmer