In my neighborhood, at my shul Temple Beth Israel in Waltham, a 70-year-old native Dogwood tree anchors the front lawn. Every autumn, it bears loads of red ripe berries to offer. A dozen species of birds reply to this offering and then, in payment, deposit the tree seeds from their last meal. Hundreds of baby trees germinate each year, but the rabbit eats most and the landscapers would eliminate the leftovers.

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י״ד באייר ה׳תשפ״א (April 26, 2021)

By Julie Meyer Beantown Jewish Gardens Board Member & JVGB Mentor Do you know Rebbe Rhus toxidendron? Reb Rhus’ ancestors hail from the family Anacardiaceae, cousins to mangos, cashews, and staghorn sumac trees. Like human beings, Reb Rhus, more coarsely known as “poison ivy,” migrated across the temperate and warm regions of the earth. When […]

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ז׳ באייר ה׳תשפ״א (April 19, 2021)

When we launched the Jewish Volunteer Gardening Brigade in 2020, we knew we were responding to an increased interest in gardening while at home. In the process, we consulted with our peers at other Jewish Community Farming organizations to find out how they were responding to the need as well. Our friends at Shoresh, in Toronto, launched […]

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ז׳ באייר ה׳תשפ״א (April 19, 2021)