[Newsletter] May 3 – The Farm Bill: Live in Action

The Farm Bill: Live in Action

Work to pass the next Farm Bill is happening now.

Nigel Savage, Executive Director of Hazon, believes it is important for you to act.

Nigel Savage

QuotationsI first raised the topic of the Farm Bill at our very first Food Conference in 2006. As an organization we’ve been learning and teaching about it every year since then. If we’re serious about a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all, then it makes sense that we’d want to learn about the Farm Bill – because it has a greater impact on food systems, and the relationship between people and food – than anything else the government does.

Learning about – let alone influencing – the Farm Bill is remarkably complicated. In the last four weeks I’ve met with congressional staffers from four different elected officials, to discuss the Farm Bill, and I attended meetings on the topic with a series of senior administration officials. Two staffs told me it would be discussed and agreed in the next three or four months. Two told me they thought it wouldn’t make it through. The White House people said they weren’t sure.

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The Hazon Food Conference:
A Light in the Darkness

December 6-9, 2012

[Image: Menorah]Where will you be lighting the first Chanukah candle this year? We hope it will be in the Great Hall at Isabella Freedman, among the warm and inspiring community of the Hazon Food Conference. At our 8th annual Food Conference, you can expect to be amazed. Hazon brings the best and brightest leaders of the new Jewish Food Movement to share successes and plan for the future: What does food education look like in synagogues and day schools across the country? How can the Jewish holidays inspire us to take action for a just and sustainable food system? And did you know that beet greens could taste so good? With educational tracks on Food Justice, Institutional Food Change, Jewish Agriculture, Food Preservation and Cooking, and Health, and with delicious farm-to-table food from the Adamah farm, the conference offers food for mind, body, and soul. Register today at our super early bird rate. Question? Contact Anna Hanau.

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Hazon Cross-USA Ride:
Photos from the Road

[Welcome to Minnesota!]
Five weeks until the ride launches from Seattle!

Hazon staff had the exciting opportunity to drive from Seattle to Minneapolis/St. Paul last week. they got a great glimpse of the routes, the accommodations, and got to meet with some phenomenal members of our host communities, both Jewish and non-Jewish.Take a look at our trip on our blog! We will be using this site to blog throughout the summer.

Prices increase on Monday, May 7th.

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Help Fund Sustainable Food Education Cross the Country Through Jewcer.com

Hazon is honored to be in the first class of jewcer.com projects for the sustainable food curriculum we are developing for our upcoming Hazon Cross-USA Ride. Jewcer.com is a crowdfunding platform for projects, ideas, and causes benefiting the global Jewish community and Israel.

Please visit our project on Jewcer for more details on how to support this work. Every dollar counts!

Food Summit Success!

200 attend first ever Hazon Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit
Visualizing the Food Summit

An artist at the Summit visualized what “food is” as described by other participants

The first Hazon Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit, attended by 200, marked a leap in the Jewish Food Movement in Colorado. Jewish restauranteurs encouraged us all to be vocal about our food choices at restaurants, the Jewish Petition for a Just Farm Bill was signed by many, and we found out who has the best kugel in the west.

Take the food Summit 7-Minute Survey

If you attended the Hazon Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit, take seven minutes to complete this survey.

Hazon Hosts Wilderness First Aid Class

May 31, 2012, 8 AM – 5 PM
BJE (Bureau of Jewish Education), 639 14th Ave., San Francisco, CA
June 1, 2012, 8 AM – 5 PM
Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley, CA

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the specific discipline of first aid which relates to care in remote areas, where emergency medical services will be difficult to obtain or will take a long time to arrive. Hazon is partnering with Foster Calm to offer a WFA class with lots of hands-on skills practice.

More Information

Additional Reading: Pikkuah Nefesh in the Wilderness – Saving a Life

Jewish Farming Today

[Video: Jewish Farming Today]Jakir Manela and Nati Passow are young charismatic Jewish community farmers, who remind us that once Jews were an indigenous agrarian society with a sustainable food system and that the roots of social and economical justice and responsibility in Judaism, are in Jewish ancient agriculture.

Watch their discussion in this video.

This video clip and others were produced during the first Siach Conference, in May 2011, at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT.

There are still a few spots left for the Second Annual Siach Conference, June 15-18 at Ohalo Manor on the Kinneret in Israel.

Flight and Registration Subsidies are Available

Apply now | Watch video

Local Events and Features
from our Partners and Friends

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center’s
“If Not Now Society” Induction

[Image: If Not Now"]Please join Hazon at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center for their inaugural “If Not Now Society” Induction.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Central Synagogue
123 East 55th Street, New York, NY

The “If Not Now Society” will serve as a salute to visionary leaders who have made a tremendous impact on Isabella Freedman and the world.

More Information and Registration

Third Annual Green for Queens Earth Day Fair

Don’t miss out on this FREE Environmental Festival for everyone!

[Image: earth hug]May 6, 2012, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Rain or shine!
Central Queens YM & YWHA
67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, NY

Earth Friendly Fun for Kids: Activities & Music, Eco-crafts & Cooking!

Green Vendors, Information & Exhibits for Adults!

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Help the Denver Jewish Day School win an Orchard

[Image: earth hug]Denver Jewish Day School will be participating in the Communities Take Root competition, with the opportunity to win an entire orchard of 25 apple trees for the school. They’re trying to turn an abandoned piece of land on the school’s property into a thriving piece of its South East Denver neighborhood. Students, families, and faculty will nurture the trees with the eventual goal of giving the fruit to local community food banks.

Learn More and Vote Today


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