Adamah at Home

Mar 14, 2022 - Apr 1, 2022

Adamah at Home

Apply here, applications due by February  15.

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Adamah at Home is a 3-week program to build food skills, ecological connection, and Jewish community.  Open to ages 18+ who can commit to 8-10 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/preserving food in the kitchen, and exploring their local food system. We are offering this program at a sliding scale.  Applications will be due by February 20th, or until 25 spots are filled.  

Systems of power disproportionately impact accessibility to programs like these for people of marginalized identities.  We deeply value the leadership and participation of Jews of diverse backgrounds and experiences, related to class, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender, ability and more.  We strongly encourage Jews of marginalized identities to apply.

“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.
—Adamah at Home Alumni


Program Cost

Program Cost
We are offering payment options for this program at a sliding scale between $500-$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.  If you are participating as part of an organization or institution, consider asking for their support in paying full program fee.

Refunds will not be available after March 7th.

Program Schedule

Sample Program Schedule from 2021

Adamah at Home– March 1-19, 2021
Date/Time Class Description
Week 1: March 1-5
Monday, 3/1
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!
10-11 AM Bioregional Huddle Meet for small group garden learning and planning, catered to the climate of your bioregion!
8-9 PM Getting to Know You Getting to Know each other and Community Norms
Tuesday, 3/2
10-11 AM Avodat HaLev w/Carly & Shamu Excerpts of sung traditional liturgy, wordless melodies, meditation and group sharing. Will include interpretive commentary on the weekly Torah portion.
Wednesday 3/3
9-10AM (Optional) Office Hours w/Carly
5:30-6:30PM Keva and Kavannah of Avodat HaLev- w/ Shamu & Carly How does Adamah’s particular expresion of prayer relate to the last 2,000 years of Jewish prayer in structure (Keva) and intention (Kavannah)?
8-9:30PM Gardening w/Janna Learn to design and execute a garden that goes beyond sustainability by building soil, storing carbon, increasing biodiversity, and maximizing photosynthesis.
Thursday, 3/4
5:30-6:30PM Adam & Adamah: Bring Your Own Dust w/Shamu 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.
Friday, 3/5
3-4PM Shabbat Closing Circle We will reflect on the past week, what we have learned and prepare ourselves Shabbat, the day of rest.
Week 2: March 8-12
Monday, 3/8
5:30–6:30 PM Farming: Blessing or Curse w/Shamu Biblical, Talmudic and modern perspectives on farming and the nature of being human.
8-9:30PM Justice & Food Systems w/Carly Learn the history of our American food system and its inherent justice issues. Reimagine an equitable food system!
Tuesday, 3/9
10-11AM Avodat HaLev w/Carly
8-9PM Compost & Redemption w/ Shamu How to and the religious, ecological and justice implications of composting .
Wednesday 3/10
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!
10-11AM Bioregional Huddle Meet for small group garden learning and planning, catered to the climate of your bioregion!
5:30-7PM Tzedek(ah)- Social Service & Social Change Work w/Carly Explore the differences between service/charity and social change work. How can we work towards positive impact and reduce unintended consequences?
Thursday, 3/11
5:30-6:30PM 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?
8-9:30PM Community Listening Hour A practice of sharing and active listening in community.
Friday, 3/12
3-4PM Shabbat Closing
Week 3: March 15-19
Monday, 3/15
10-11AM Bioregional Huddle
5:30-6:30 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?
8-9:30 Climate Smart Eating 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 think about our food choices in the context of climate change.
Tuesday, 3/16
10-11AM Avodat HaLev w/Shamu Morning song and prayer.
5:30-7 Antisemitism & White Supremacy w/Carly As Jews, we are in a unique political moment where we are feeling the existence of antisemitism in new ways. Learn more about the history and current faces of antisemitism, the distinction between white nationalism and white supremacy, and reflect on our own internalized antisemitism.
Wednesday 3/17
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!
5:30-7 PM Federal Farm and Food Policy w/Janna How do policies affect what’s on your plate for dinner? Learn how environmental and justice issues are shaped by federal laws and regulations and gain advocacy skills to participate in the process.
8-9PM Cheesemaking w/Carly A hands-on preservation workshop.
Thursday, 3/18
5:30-7PM Get a Job(ian) Vision w/Shamu Grappling with the Book of Job reveals so much about Judaism and the Earth! 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
Friday, 3/19
3-4PM Shabbat Closing

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, and the same person can do both!

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!

Testimonials & Expectations

Testimonials & Expectations

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.”
  • “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 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

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

apply now!

(Looking for information about our residential fellowship program? Click here!)

About: 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.