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  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Bring on the onions

    August 15, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    Earlier this week, Fred and I went out to the field with five green harvest bins and came back with this:

    Yes, those are onions. Lots of them. Grown by the same guy who, back in March, was nearly in tears when his onions were slow to germinate in the still-frigid temperatures and...

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: The community thing

    July 25, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    Folks in the food scene love to talk about how farms build community. It’s a trope that always makes me roll my eyes a little, both because sardonicism is generally my default setting, but also because I’m skeptical that any kind of thick communal ties are likely to arise between...

  • 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...

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  • This week in Jewish farming: The deer threat and an electric solution

    June 27, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    Countless anxieties attended the planning for my first season farming. Losing my entire crop to deer was not among them.

    Neither of the Northeastern farms where I had worked previously worried much about these herbivores. One farm was large and could keep losses from deer to a...

  • 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.

    ...
  • This week in Jewish farming: The pests arrive

    June 13, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Miracles pour forth daily from the earth. Each day — often several times a day — I’m momentarily overcome by something magical in the fields. Those tomato plants that seem to expand by the hour, some of them now reaching my chest with their dank stalks bursting with yellow flowers....

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