We are building a network of Jewish educational gardens in the Greater Boston area. We are available to consult on the development of your garden, or ways to engage your community in its maintenance. Our custom services can provide educational frameworks and staff training, as well as best ways to utilize the harvest. Please contact us to discuss who best to develop a Jewish educational garden for your community.
Below is a sample of garden projects that we have been a part of. We offer similar projects and more.
Striar Hebrew Academy
During the winter and spring of 2017, Ganei Beantown worked with Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon to build a garden in their barren side yard. The garden contains multiple raised beds and was built by students and their extended community. Thanks to a grant from the Mass Cultural Council STARS residency, Leora Mallach 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 the project on the Striar garden blog.
Temple Israel of Boston
In 2011, we launched our first Beantown Jewish Garden in their backyard. On the site of their Biblical Garden, and with the help of their Monday Night School high school students, we installed 5 raised beds to grow vegetables and provide a place for gathering and learning. The donations of seedlings from Lands Sake Farm and Waltham Community Fields were much appreciated.
For several years, the Temple Israel Vegetable Garden was sustained through weekly summer volunteer evenings. Volunteer tasks varied by week depending on needs, and included planting, weeding, harvesting and light landscape work. Donations were given to Rosie’s Place. Pictures are here.
Network Gathering, Kinus (Assembly)
This is an invitation only Kinus (assembly) of Jewish institutions who are managing educational gardens and sustainability projects. It is a gathering to learn from each other, to share successes and struggles, as well as trade community organizing, education and agricultural tips. Networking supports the continued growth of the whole community and builds upon the work Ganei Beantown has done with individual organizations and groups. We are excited to convene these various groups and facilitate peer learning opportunities.
As community groups develop projects of various scale, we work to keep the network connected. We are committed to creating opportunities for these groups to learn from each other, increasing our shared expertise.
We’re in conversation with many other community groups, listed below.
Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton
Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
Congregation Shaarei Tefillah
Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott
Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School of Greater Boston
Striar Hebrew Academy
Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly: Pe’ah Garden
Temple Emunah in Lexington
Temple Sinai of Marblehead & Swampscott: Gan Sinai
Temple Shalom of Newton Nursery School
Temple Israel in Boston
Temple Israel in Sharon
Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland