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Adamah Farm & Fellowship

Adamah cultivates the soil and the soul to produce food, to build and transform identities and to gather a community of people changing the world. We grow organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, goats, flowers, eggs, and we grow people through experiences with ecology, food production, social justice, spiritual practice, a vibrant evolving Judaism, and intentional community.

UPDATE: Adamah has been seriously impacted financially by COVID-19. If our work has impacted you and you’re able, please consider donating to ensure a future for Adamah. All donations through this link will go directly to supporting our core program costs, making the fellowship more accessible.  

Adamah at Home

A virtual program for the unique conditions of Summer & Fall 2020
Now Accepting Applications for October 5th-25th cohort!

This year, as people stay at home and social distance, Adamah is offering a virtual program. Adamah at Home will continue to grow the earth-based Jewish community we have been cultivating for seventeen years. The miracle of the internet will allow us to creatively continue the Adamah conversation, adapt some of the embodied and experiential elements of our programming to this current moment, and open up to a wider audience than we’ve ever been able to reach before. 

Adamah at Home, is a three-week program to build food skills, ecological connection and Jewish community, October 5th-25th. It is open to all 18 and older who can commit to 15 hours a week of live video learning and connection. We will support students in getting their hands dirty – growing food on balconies or in backyards, preparing and preserving food in the kitchen, and exploring their local food system. We are offering this program at a sliding scale.  Applications are due by October 3rd, or until 25 spots are filled. 

We recognize that white supremacy and other systems of power disproportionately impacts accessibility to programs like these for People of Color and members of other marginalized communities. Centering these communities in our work is something we value highly, and we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities.

What Summer Adamah at Home students are saying:

“Participating has reinforced for me my desire to tread lighter on the earth, my desire to return to cooking/baking from scratch more and be more intentional with my prayer practice.”

“This has been an incredible experience and has given me a new framework to work with as I continue to learn about Judaism, sustainability, and agriculture.”

“I reignited parts of my Jewish identity and experience that had been quite dormant.   I am proud and grateful to have been part of this new pioneer experience.”

 

What you can expect from us:

  • 16 years of Adamah wisdom
  • Pluralism and inclusion across identities
  • Connection with others across distance
  • One-on-one support with your at-home kitchen and garden projects – from window sills to backyards
  • Thoughtful facilitation of deep conversations on Judaism, food, land, and ourselves

What you will leave with:

  • Increased knowledge of sustainability, ecology, agriculture, composting, waste reduction, food systems, and food justice.
  • Increase confidence in accessing Jewish text, ritual, and prayer.
  • Increased confidence in growing plants and pickling.
  • Ability to articulate connections between Judaism and sustainability.
  • Greater understanding of Jewish spiritual perspectives.

What we expect of you

  • Your focused attention in online gatherings
  • Commitment to follow through with the program
  • Willingness to sit with the discomfort that sometimes comes with learning
  • Openness to learning with people whose identities (Jewish practice, gender, race, etc.) differ from your own

Program Cost

Program Fee

We are offering payment options for this program at a sliding scale between $180-$1,000.  We want Adamah’s programs to be accessible, and we recognize that the current climate presents additional financial challenges.  There is no stigma attached to paying at a lower rate, and no one but the financial team will know this information.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds!  If you are able, please pay the full price or as close as you can.

Refunds will not be available after September 8th.
Paying over $180 entitles you to a tax-deductible donation letter


Schedule

October Schedule

 

Adamah at Home– October 5th-25th 2020
Date/Time Class Description
Week 1: October 5-9
Monday, 10/5
9-9:45 AM Orienting You to Zoom & Slack Adamah at Home classes will take place via Zoom, with announcements, resource sharing, Q&A and connecting on Slack. Answers to all your burning questions about these (possibly new to you) platforms!
10-10:45 AM Avodat Gan w/All Staff Staff will help you think through your kitchen counter, backyard, or land project and we will start to think through what you’ll need to get started.
5-6:30 PM Getting to Know You Getting to Know each other and Community Norms w/ Carly & Shamu & Janna.
Tuesday, 10/6
10-11 AM Avodat HaLev w/Carly Excerpts of sung traditional liturgy, wordless melodies, meditation and group sharing. Will include interpretive commentary on the weekly Torah portion.
5-6:30PM Regenerative Gardening w/Janna Regenerative approaches build soil, store carbon, increase biodiversity, and maximize photosynthesis. Learn to design and execute a garden that goes beyond sustainability.
Wednesday 10/7
9-10AM (Optional) Office Hours w/Carly Slack Carly to sign up for a 10 minute slot. Bring your questions, feedback, or come for a chat!
5-6 PM Adam & Adamah: Bring Your Own Dust w/ Shamu & Carly We will explore one line of the creation story in the Torah and medieval and modern commentaries on the place and role of humans in the world. Language and sense of place, the particular and the universal, and earth/soil/Adamah are some of the themes.
8-9PM Lactofermentation w/ Carly A hands-on preservation workshop.
Thursday, 10/8
9:30AM-2PM Option to join the Hazon Seal of Sustainability Summit learning sessions
1-1:50PM Federal Farm and Food Policy w/Janna How do policies affect what’s on your plate for dinner? Get a primer on the farm bill, learn how environmental and justice issues are shaped by federal laws and regulations, and gain advocacy skills to participate in the process.
5-6PM Keva and Kavannah of Avodat HaLev- Shamu How does Adamah’s particular expresion of prayer relate to the last 2,000 years of Jewish prayer in structure (Keva) and intention (Kavannah)?
7-8:30PM (Optional) Non-Partisan GOTV Phone Banking w/ Adamah Alumni
Friday, 10/9
5-6 PM Shabbat Closing Circle We will reflect on the past week, what we have learned and prepare ourselves Shabbat, the day of rest.
Week 2: October 12-16
Monday, 10/12
10-10:45 AM Avodat Gan
5-6 PM Working with Perennials w/Shamu Is the promise of sweat-free abundance offered in the garden of Eden story real and possible? Learn how to grow (relatively) low maintenance perennial plants such as: blueberries, raspberries, currants, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pawpaws, horseradish, sorrel, chives. and more. What lessons does permaculture design hold for the home gardener?
Tuesday, 10/13
10-11AM Avodat HaLev w/Shamu
5-6PM Farming: Blessing or Curse w/Shamu Biblical, Talmudic and modern perspectives on farming and the nature of being human.
8-9 PM Radical Amazement w/Carly How do we find awe in everyday moments? What tools does Judaism offer for attention and wonder and how do these tools shift us and the culture around us?
Wednesday 10/14
9-10AM (Optional) Office Hours w/Carly Slack Carly to sign up for a 10 minute slot. Bring your questions, feedback, or come for a chat!
5-6:30PM Comparative Agricultures with Janna How is your food grown and what are you deciding between when you choose organic or conventional? We’ll explore the basics of how farmers make different decisions and the implications those choices have on our personal health, our ecosystems, the climate, workers, and social justice.
8-9PM Compost & Redemption w/ Shamu How to and the religious, ecological and justice implications of composting .
Thursday, 10/15
10-11:30 AM Avodat HaLev w/Nigel Morning song and service, followed by D’var Torah with Nigel Savage
5-6:30 PM Community Listening Hour A practice of sharing and active listening in community.
7-8:30PM (Optional) Non-Partisan GOTV Phone Banking w/ Adamah Alumni
Friday, 10/16
5-6 PM Shabbat Closing
Week 3: October 19-23
Monday, 10/19
5-6:30 PM Food Choices and Climate Change w/Janna The climate crisis is frightening and huge- not an easy subject to talk about. We’ll lean on the wisdom of our tradition and the warm and open space we’ve created with one another to face this pressing issue together.
8-9 PM Blessings: Sources & Tributaries w/Shamu
Tuesday, 10/20
10-11:30AM Avodat HaLev w/Carly & Rabbi Nate Morning song and prayer, followed by Drash with Rabbi Nate Degroot
5-6:30 PM Get a Job(ian) Vision w/Shamu You cannot understand Judaism and the earth without grappling with the Book of Job. We will explore the Voice from the Whirlwind for its awesome vision of wild nature, the divine and human place in it including some modern commentaries
7-8:30PM (Optional) Non-Partisan GOTV Phone Banking w/Adamah Alumni
8-9:30 PM Justice & Food Systems w/Carly Learn the history of our American food system and its inherent justice issues. Reimagine an equitable food system!
Wednesday 10/21
9-10AM (Optional) Office Hours w/Carly Slack Carly to sign up for a 10 minute slot. Bring your questions, feedback, or come for a chat!
5-6PM Getting to Know the Land Around You w/Shamu How do you get to know the plants and ecosystems around you? Work on noticing, the language of ecology, plant ID, and patterns of sun, water, wind, pollination, and seeds.
8-9:30PM Climate Grief w/Janna Diamond
Thursday, 10/22
5-6PM Meet the Adamah goats and chickens w/Shamu The how and why of sustainably farming with animals: backyard chickens
7-8:30PM (Optional) Non-Partisan GOTV Phone Banking w/Adamah Alumni
8:30-9:30PM Cheesemaking w/Carly A hands-on preservation workshop.
Friday, 10/23
10-10:45 AM Final Avodat Gan
5-6 PM Shabbat & Program Closing Circle

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program right for me?  

Join us if you are looking to learn about:

  • Judaism in general
  • Adamah’s particular blend of spiritual, ecological and justice oriented Judaism.
  • Farming and sustainability skills
  • Economic, political, and social factors that influence how we eat
  • The wider network of Jewish community farms, food projects, spiritual leaders and educators.

Why an online program?  

Our hope for Adamah at Home is to offer a program that will allow participants to truly integrate our teachings into the place you call Home. We teach skills and offer experiences that help you connect to yourself, the land, community and Judaism wherever you are. 

Conversing over the internet is both a gift and a challenge. We will be able to include many individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be able to make the trek to our location in northwest Connecticut. The virtual program is not a replacement for an in-person experience in community on our farm. 

How is it different from the Adamah Fellowship?

Adamah at Home is a way to give people access to more of what we teach in the residential, in-person Adamah Fellowship.  While Adamah at Home is not a virtual version of the fellowship program we usually run, it is a way for us to continue to connect with and teach people, while we are unable to host them. 

What is the Adamah culture like?

Pluralism of all kinds is key to the success of the Adamah community. We strive to center everyone’s identities and we seek applicants of all genders, nationalities, cultures, ages, ways of Jewish observance and abilities.  

What skills and new things can I expect to learn through Adamah at Home?

  • Integration
  • Gardening
  • Pickling
  • Cheesemaking
  • Composting
  • Communication
  • Environmental literacy
  • New songs and prayers

Adamah at Home welcomes folks who are new to these endeavors, as well as those with previous experience who wish to expand their skill set.  Alumni are also welcome!

Interested? Have questions? email Adamah Fellowship Director Carly Sugar: carly.sugar@hazon.org

Adamah cultivates the soil and the soul to produce food, to build and transform identities and to gather a community of people changing the world. We grow organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, goats, flowers, eggs, and we grow people through experiences with ecology, food production, social justice, spiritual practice, a vibrant evolving Judaism, and intentional community.

Adamah Farm and Fellowship is located on Mahican land.