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  • In Boulder, new JCC marries goats and Judaism

    March 16, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    There’s not much to see yet at the site of this city’s new Jewish community center, just some trailers and earth-moving equipment covered in snow.

    But the first inhabitants already are on site living in a pair of sheds. Though it’s cold, they don’t complain much. That’s because...

  • 8 Ways to Make Your Chanukah More Sustainable

    December 8, 2014 | 10:23 am

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh

    From foods to gifts, there’s many ways to add sustainable practices to your Chanukah celebrations. Please share your ideas in the comments section at the bottom!

    1. Organic apples and potatoes
    Apples and potatoes are ranked #1 and...

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Ode to corn

    September 12, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Before I get to this week’s blog post, I have to give (another) shout-out to my neighbor and custom farm tool designer Larry Giglio, who delivered this marvelous, custom-built tape roller to the farm this morning. It might not seem like the coolest thing ever, but if you’ve ever...

  • 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 high cost of cheap vegetables

    August 22, 2014 | 10:19 am

    My Facebook feed lit up last week with an article in the Aug. 9 New York Times headlined: “Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up To Be Farmers.”

    In it, Bren Smith chronicles the financial woes of today’s small farmers: The high costs of land access, competition from nonprofits and...

  • 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...