reIMAGINE Society: Behar Happenings in the Bay Area

On the weekend of May 3-4, Jewish communities read the Torah portion of Behar, which contains the teachings of Shmita. To honor the Shmita values of abundance, resiliency, and redistribution, Hazon invites you to join us for a full day of great events on May 5, 2013 in Berkeley and San Francisco, CA.

In the spirit of Shmita, we are offering most aspects of this community day on the basis of donations, though some of the workshops may cost money.  Please share what you can.

Shmita Skillshare & Swap Meet

Urban Adamah – 1050 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Afternoon Exchange Market & Skillshare

Urban Adamah

Exchange Market – 1:00 – 5:00pm

Do you have perfectly usable items lying around your house that you no longer use? Let other community members enjoy them, and find other items you need.  Clothing, books, toys, childcare items, kitchen appliances, electronics, tools, art, plants/seeds, etc…Donate what you can and receive what you need!

If you’d like to make a gift of your time by volunteering before or during the afternoon events, please contact

Floppy Eared Baby Goat

Community Skillshare – 2:00 – 5:00pm

Backyard Chickens @ 2pm
Worm Composting @ 3pm

Come celebrate and explore the art of creative homesteading through a community skillshare. We’re offering workshops on backyard gardening, chickens, and worm composting.

Have a skill to offer? Home-brewing? Fiber Crafts? Cheese-making? Please email to offer your skill!

Evening Edible Plant Walk

20080517180813_conservatory of flowersMeet at Conservatory of Flowers
5:00pm – 7:00pm
100 JFK Dr. in Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, 94122

Please RSVP by clicking here.

As the Shmita year approaches (once every 7 years) we are encouraged to give the land a rest by refraining from planting or sewing our fields.  Ever wonder what can we eat when our fields are to lie fallow? Did you know that the Bay Area has top notch wild edible and medicinal plants growing plentifully right at our feet?  Join ethnobotanist and herbalist Jolie Lonner Egert on a fun, inspiring, guided walk to explore our local plants, their uses and stories.

Jolie Lonner Egert is an herbalist, field botanist and ecologist. Jolie is the Principal at Go Wild Consulting a company that fosters healthy ecosystems and our connections to them. She has helped thousands of people deepen their connection to nature. She completed her Master’s degree at Humboldt State University where she researched the sustainable harvest of medicinal plants. She currently teaches at College of Marin, Gathering Thyme School of Botanical Wisdom and Philo School of Herbal Energetics.  More info at

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