During the winter and spring of 2017, Ganei Beantown has been working with Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon to build a garden in their newly barren side yard.
Thanks to a grant from the Mass Cultural Council, STARS residency, Leora Mallach has worked with students in grades 4 and 5 on a weekly basis to understand what is takes to grow food, what our global food system is and what impact eating local has, as well as facilitating field trips to local farming and food aid organizations.
You can read about our learning on the Striar garden blog.
We are building a network of Jewish educational gardens and sustainable food system initiatives in the Greater Boston area. As we work to create a more just food system on a local level, keeping track of our efforts will enable us to report to others our impact and assess how best our efforts at making change be focused. We are working to collect data on the produce grow by the Greater Boston Jewish Community to alleviate hunger in our midst. Please share with us your growing season tally via this form.
Please be in touch if you are involved with a garden or sustainability project we should include in our network!
Jewish Educational Gardens in the greater Boston area:
Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton
Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott
Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly
Temple Emunah in Lexington
Temple Sinai of Marblehead & Swampscott: Gan Sinai
Temple Shalom of Newton Nursery School
Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland
Community groups engaging in reassessment, learning and consideration of their environmental impact:
Jewish Community Relations Council TELEM Sustainability Track
Moishe Kavod House: Institutional Purchasing Campaign
Congregation Shaarei Tefillah: Compostable Kiddush
Temple Beth Zion: Holiday celebrations