Eco-Israel offers English-speaking young adults, ages 18-30, the opportunity to embrace permaculture and sustainable living through intensive hands-on experience and coursework on an organic farm in Israel.
Slowly sipping my glass of ice water with a hint of freshly squeezed lemon, I can’t help but smile as the cold liquid hydrates me on this hot Midwestern summer afternoon. Although many wouldn’t think twice about a mere glass of water, to me this cold refreshment is truly a luxury.
You see I just spent the past 5 months in Israel at Hava & Adam Eco Education Farm on the Eco Israel Masa program. Hava & Adam is an organic educational farm outside Modi’in which aims to teach students and community members the basics of our natural world, how to become more self sufficient, and live ecologically. While on the program, I took classes in organic agriculture, ecological building, and medicinal herbs while living amongst a community of 30 people (12 on the Eco Israel program and 15-20 Israeli volunteers).
This piece does not have the best arguments for reclaiming healthy food culture yet nevertheless the sentiment is right on.
One of the most important, meaningful and rewarding aspects of the Eco-Israel program is growing and preparing food together. This component of the program is essential to fostering a community rooted in a healthy food culture, Our students leave the program with skills and experience that help them reclaim food sovereignty.
Another great post from Karin Fleisch, Eco-Israel alumnus from the very first eco. Looking forward to the final one!
After five years at the Food Bank for NYC, during which time I monitored over 400 food pantries and 200 soup kitchens, I thought I knew everything there was to know about local responses to hunger. Happily, It turns out I was wrong.
So what’s new in the world of emergency food? Over the next three weeks I will profile three projects in this column. Together, they were showcased in a panel entitled Reversing Hunger: Local Responses at last month’s Hazon Food Conference. They represent some of the exciting local anti-hunger initiatives happening right now.
And just in time too, because this Saturday is Tu B’Shvat! One of the most enigmatic holidays in the Jewish calendar, Tu B’Shvat is New Year’s Day for the Trees, according to the Talmud. Historically, it demarcated the calendar; if a tree began to flower prior to Tu B’Shvat (the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat), it was included in a tithe for the previous year. If a tree began to flower after Shvat it was counted in the following year. In this way, our ancestors determined, in accordance with the laws of shmitta (1), when the land would rest from work, its bounty ownerless and available for anyone in need.
Getting Grounded by Zach Friedman - first blog post of his Adventures in Israel -Eco10 participant arriving in Israel before the program