Co-Founder | Executive Director
Shani grew up in suburban New Jersey, playing in the woods with her brother, biking with her father, and visiting farms with her mother. Shani has been working in and around agriculture for five years: as a farm educator at Eden Village Camp, while managing St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Campus Community Farm, as an Adamah Fellow at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, and while completing a permaculture design course at Hava & Adam. She was a member of the first JOFEE Fellowship cohort, working first at Pushing the Envelope Farm and then the Pearlstone Center. Shani continues to work as Animal Manager & Farm Steward at Pearlstone. When not tending to fields or furry and feathered friends, Shani works with her good friend Sarah Seldin to fill the need for an inclusive, international network of Jewish Farmers.
Sarah Julia Seldin
Co-Founder | Chief Operating Officer
Sarah Julia is steward-in-residence of Yesod Farm+Kitchen, a community space near Asheville, North Carolina, dedicated to regenerative agriculture, earth-based Jewish living, and growing relationships across difference. In between adventures into the woods and waterways, Sarah studied public policy and socio-economic injustice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since graduating from UNC, she has been traveling through America's side streets and byways, growing organic produce for donation at educational farms and community gardens, and consulting with organic businesses and community agriculture non-profits. Previous clients and collaborators include The Lord's Acre, Lucky Jack Coffee, Living Web Farms, Organic Growers School, Hazon, Earthaven Ecovillage, and Heartnectar Beeswax + Botanicals.
Sarah Julia believes that Jewish agricultural wisdom provides a path for