The Fellowship

Adamah: The Jewish Farming Fellowship is a three-month leadership training program for Jewish adults ages 20-32 that integrates organic agriculture, farm-to-table living, Jewish learning, community building, and spiritual practice. 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. That means we grow vegetables, fruit, herbs, goats, flowers, eggs, and more using organic and sustainable methods and grow people by creating hands-on experiences with ecology, food systems, spiritual practice, a vibrant evolving Judaism, and intentional community.

Our goat herd turns poison ivy into milk, meat and manure (which then turns into vegetables), lactofermentation (pickling) turns cabbage into luscious super-food sauerkraut, and we learn to listen and support the human and natural community around us through intentional living and song!

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I’m a seed, Adamah has been my soil, and the people here have provided sunlight and water to help me grow more fully into myself.
—Hana Zweibel, Fall 2011
 
 

2017 Fellowship Dates:

SPRING: April 20th – June 19th

SUMMER: June 15th- August 21st

FALL: August 17th – November 19th

2017 Fellowship Fees:

We have a sliding scale program fee of $600 – $1800, which includes a $250 deposit.

We are able to offer highly subsidized fees thanks to the generous support of individuals and foundations and the revenue from our farm business. This covers the cost of running an integrated, intensive, and transformational residential fellowship including room, board, and educational programming. If there is one thing that all Adamah alumni agree on, it’s that their time in Adamah was transformative.  We deeply believe in the work that we do here, and want the Adamah experience of farming, pickling, singing, praying, learning and playing to be accessible to more people.

So, what should you pay?
If you have personal or family resources that enable you to pay the full $1,800 fee, we ask you to do so. IF you are unable to pay $1,800, please consider what the highest amount is between $600 and $1,800 that will allow you to afford the program.  Please know that our sliding scale system only works to cover the necessary costs of the program if individuals who can afford to pay at the higher end of the spectrum do so.

It may help to consider what it is that your program fee is helping to cover:

  • Housing
  • Food from our farm: organic produce, milk from our goats, lacto-fermented pickles, jams, and more
  • Meals in the Isabella Freedman dining hall- kosher, and consciously-sourced
  • Exposure to retreats and programs at Isabella Freedman
  • Classes taught by Adamah staff as well as visiting instructors
  • Field trips
  • Utilities (internet, heat, laundry)

You will be asked to indicate the program fee amount you can pay on the online application when you apply for the Fellowship.

Payment Schedule

Upon acceptance, you are asked to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit, which is due within two weeks of the date you accept a place in the program. We cannot reserve your place without the deposit. We will bill you for the balance due approximately eight weeks before the start of the Fellowship. Payment is required approximately six weeks before the start date.

Refunds

If you cancel for any reason prior to six weeks before the start date of your Fellowship, you will receive a full refund minus the $250 deposit. If you cancel for any reason within six weeks of the start date of the Fellowship, there is no refund.

*Participation in Summer Adamah counts as 3 college credits from Wake Forest Divinity School’s Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative.

 

Urban Adamah in California
Are you looking for a program like Adamah but in an urban setting?
Check out Urban Adamah, our sister fellowship in Berkeley, CA.