Topic: Farming

Eco Summer Session 2012

Eco-Israel Summer Session 2012

July 15 – August 23, 2012 The Eco-Israel summer session is a six-week intensive learning opportunity in sustainability on the Hava & Adam Eco-Educational farm in central Israel.  From July 15 to August 23rd students will have the opportunity to learn about the key elements of sustainability such as the ethics of sustainability, observation, soil, water, compost and urban ecology.  The curriculum includes work on the hava (farm) getting hands on experience in these aspects of sustainable living.  Visit the new Eco-Israel website to download an application today.  

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Kilayim and the Sustainable Jew

by Hannah Lee A Quaker farmer whom I’ve met recently tried to teach me about the principles of sustainability that he’s applied to his family farm, including a field rotation cycle of 18 years, in contrast to the Biblical seven years, culminating with the shmittah year.   This involves a series of conversations that has not ended, but I wondered what is in the Jewish tradition that is relevant to a holistic approach to our land? (more…)

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Northeast Organic Research Symposium

January 19th-20th, 2012 (preceding NOFA-NY’s Winter Conference) Saratoga Springs NOFA-NY’s inaugural Organic Research Symposium will take place on Thursday, January 19th and Friday, January 20th at the Saratoga Springs Hilton. Join organic farmers from across the Northeast to hear from over 60 researchers–academics at some of this country’s most respected institutions, on-farm researchers, and PhD students–who will present their latest organic agricultural research projects. Engage in in-depth discussions with researchers and practitioners exploring the latest techniques for a successful organic farm. Share your own experiments and best practices with researchers and farmers. (more…)

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Building a bee hive at Ekar Farm

Of Bees and Men: Fixing the Bee Problem

Originally posted on the Jew and the Carrot During the first summer in my current home in Denver, there were plenty of bees in the garden. Every time I walked outside to see how things were growing, I could see the bees buzzing around the plants, happily pollinating my zucchinis and herbs. I had an abundant harvest that year; in fact, I probably still have some pesto in the freezer. The next summer, there were almost no vegetables to harvest. And upon reflection, I realized there were also no bees. That was the summer of 2006. (more…)

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Eco-Israel: 5 Months on an Organic Farm in Israel

A program from our friends Eco-Israel allows people aged 18-30 the opportunity to embrace permaculture and sustainable living.  Participants spend 5 months on an organic farm in central Israel getting hands-on experience in sustainability, farming, gardening, medicinal herbs, composting, natural building and more. The Eco-Israel curriculum is designed to help participants develop a deep, personal land-based relationship with the Land of Israel, its diverse cultures, and inspiring landscapes. Working the land is done in tune with the seasonal flow and holiday celebrations of the agricultural Hebrew calendar. Students experience and engage with the Bible and Jewish agricultural precepts in relevant, hands-on ways. Upon completion of the program, participants receive an internationally recognized certificate in permaculture design.  There are still a couple of spots available for the Fall semester which begins September 5th.  More information and applications are available on their website. Eco Israel from Eco 5 on Vimeo.

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Sustainable meat preparation at the 2010 Hazon Food Conference West.

Food Conference Round Up

The 6th annual Food Conference begins this Thursday in sunny Davis, California. We wanted to take a moment to pull together all the wonderful things going on in the world in preparation. Daniel Infeld notes the momentum around the food movement and highlights Hazon’s Food Values taken into consideration when planning an event, program, or meeting on The Jew and the Carrot. Nadia Schreiber highlights how trendy DIY shechting has become and where it’s happening. Can the Food Conference take credit for starting this one? (more…)

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