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  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Packing the larder

    September 5, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    When I was a kid, Friday nights were the coziest night of the week.

    My family was strictly Shabbat observant, and Friday night meant the onset of 25 hours with no TV, no car and no cooking. It was the latter that gave those nights their warmth and intimacy. Friday afternoon was a...

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: The cardinal truth of tomatoes

    July 18, 2014 | 10:24 am

    I will now share a cardinal truth of the life agrarian: If you give them tomatoes, all else is forgiven.

    OK, the truth may only be trivial. It might not even be true. But some conviction along those lines must have lain behind my decision to plant 1,000 — yes, 1,000 — tomato...

  • This week in Jewish farming: The moral quandaries of bunnies

    July 11, 2014 | 10:57 am

    We were out weeding squash last week when Fred came over to say he had to show me something but he feared it would lead to an act of violence.

    Regular readers will know Fred is the farm’s sole employee. (I believe the technical term is “farm hand.”) He’s also a devout Hare...

  • This week in Jewish farming: Sex, violence and vegetables

    June 20, 2014 | 11:30 am

    Last night, the rubber finally met the road.

    After months of work and worry, catastrophes averted and triumphs achieved, we took eight kinds of vegetables out of the ground, washed and packed them into boxes, loaded them onto a truck and delivered them to our 42 CSA members.

    ...
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  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Springtime for farmers

    April 8, 2014 | 9:05 am

    I get a shiver in my bones just thinking about the weather.

    Until recently, that line from 10,000 Maniacs’ 1987 single was just a song lyric. But when I woke up Monday morning and saw a heavy wet snow falling, I swear I could hear my bones rattle.

    Not long ago, the sight of an...

  • Tu B’Shvat all year + VIDEO

    February 15, 2013 | 1:16 am

    My 'Tu B'Shvat' celebration started when I came across an ad calling for volunteers to come and give a hand in establishing an urban farm in the middle of 'Shchoona Gimel' (3rd district) Be'er Sheva. The invitation was signed by the organization, Shvuat Ha Adama (Earth's Promise) ,...

  • Middle Eastern farmers bearing the brunt of plunging olive oil prices

    May 31, 2012 | 10:44 am

    The price for olive oil has dropped to its lowest level in a decade and farmers in the Middle East are bearing the brunt as Spain and Italy dump their government-subsidized stocks at below cost.

    “The international market prices are going below sustainable levels,” Nasser Abu...

  • Campers Hit the Great Outdoors

    By Lea Silverman

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The tomato plants are thriving. Their leafy green stalks shoot straight out of the moist brown earth and sway gently in the breeze. The lettuce, alfalfa and spicy greens starts also look healthy. Herbs grow everywhere. This garden, like all gardens at one time, is still in its...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Parshat Behar the Israelites are taught about shmita (sabbatical). Every seven years, the Jews in Israel must not farm their land so that the soil may take

    a rest. So, what does this have to do with

     

    Mother's Day falls on May 9 and is like a once-a-year sabbatical for mothers. It is her day to rest, to not have to cook, shop or work. So give your Mom a nice Mother's Day this year. She'll appreciate that breakfast in bed so much, and will be able to return to working and caring for you with renewed energy!

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