1. David Epstein Yes, the weather guy! You know him from WBUR, his blog on boston.com, his own website Growing Wisdom or as a freelancer at WBZ-TV. Leora Mallach, Beantown Jewish Gardens Executive Director, will be in conversation with Dave and Rabbi Aaron Philmus, discussing “Living the Calendar Cycles.” Rabbi Philmus keeps goats, chickens, ducks and bees and is definitely not your parents’ Rabbi, that is, unless they go to Temple Torat Yisrael in East Greenwich, RI. Be sure to arrive before 12:00pm for this sure to be fascinating opening session.
2. The shuk (marketplace). Time to celebrate! There is fun for all ages! You can register to feel the energy for the whole day or just for the shuk. Highlights include:
● Dinner – kosher, vegetarian, seasonal & as local as possible
● Local Vendors: Tamim Teas (mushroom teas), Provisions (grape juice), and ReVision Urban Farm (seedlings).
● Activities: Bath Salts (City Garden Goods), Micro-greens (Hazon), ‘kraut mob (Boston Fermentation Festival); Book Nook (PJ Library); Photo Booth (Jewish Arts Collaborative)
● Tables from sponsors and community organizations
● Silent Auction
● Music from The Hoot Owls!
3. Om nom nom. All good Jewish events must include food, but this isn’t your average dinner. Put on your apron, wash your hands, and join us in the kitchen! We’ll be chopping, dicing, kibitzing, sauteing, mixing, playing and preparing a nourishing kosher, vegetarian dinner (served from 5:30-7:00).
4. Deconstruct the decomposition at this demonstratively descriptive dispatch. Determine a destiny for derelict detritus. Do not despond and defer decisions. Be determined. Devout decomposition detectives will depart deets on debonair decomposition. (If this is confusing, then the session on compost is for you!)
5. Where the Wild Things are. No, not monsters. Yes, edibles. No, not that kind of edible. Yes, things that just grow. Yes, you can eat them. Yes, get out of the building. Yes, explore the Emerald Necklace.
6. Buy seedlings for your window sill, porch, or garden. Maybe it is your first time working your green thumb, or you are an experienced gardener needing to fill a few spots in the field. ReVision Urban Farm in Dorchester will be selling seedlings at the shuk (marketplace). Even better, ReVision Urban Farm supports an associated family homeless shelter and community with produce, information on healthy eating, and job training.
7. Jewish Learning. What does Judaism say about our relationship to our food – in our economy, our spirituality, and the modern era – and what actions does that lead us to? Ethics, justice, & spirituality weave through our workshop sessions on animals, workers, the safety net, and the land.
8. Calling all food, gardening, and environmental geeks! Meet new people, network, build community, have a great conversation, and maybe even you will find that special someone! All ages are welcome. Not only that, but the conference has 35 sponsors, including synagogues, schools, and local businesses. Suggested conversation topics: your favorite farmer’s market, weeding, and what to do with all those zucchini!
9. Something for everyone. Are you an educator? Learn about Jewish Gardening! Are you a teen? Head outside to check out the grape arbors, help in the kitchen, and go DIY at the shuk. Looking for community? Study how food connects cross cultures, then meet representatives from local organizations. Love the city and want to save the world? Green roofs it is.
10. You. We’re infusing the roots of the greater Boston Jewish community, come join us!