Adamah: Food Justice and Urban Farming

Trip Overview:

Through the exploration of the intersection between Judaism and sustainability, this project focuses on food and agriculture as tools for social justice and spiritual mindfulness. Through organic farming, visits to community initiatives and workshops, participants will learn about the injustices embedded in today’s mainstream food systems and learn how to create greater access to sustainably grown foods, produced from a consciousness of both ecological and social well-being.

This immersion project is facilitated in partnership with Gettysburg College Hillel and the Jewish Farm School. With a generous donation from Dr. Michael ’61 and Lynn Reichgott, Hillel is able to sponsor this trip at a reduced cost to the participants.

Participants will stay in a rented house together in West Philadelphia in either Ceder Park or Clark Park. Participants will share rooms in a house and will be able to cook together. 

During the trip, possible sites we will visit and work with include:

Heritage Farm: Heritage Farm is an educational urban farm located in West Philadelphia that is dedicated to improving local access to fresh produce, building a healthy community and environment, and promoting a just and sustainable food system.

Community Farm and Resource Center at Barkums Garden: Bartram’s Garden has inspired people to see with all their senses for over 5,000 years. In addition to many other projects, they host a community garden adjacent to a housing project.

Mill Creek Farm: Mill Creek Farm is an educational urban farm located in West Philadelphia that is dedicated to improving local access to fresh produce, building a healthy community and environment, and promoting a just and sustainable food system.

Teens 4 Good: Teens 4 Good fosters creativity through converting blighted vacant lots into positive urban green spaces which add beauty to the neighborhood, and uplifts the pride and self-confidence of teens through their own work and accomplishments. One of their many gardens is Camden Gardens in the heart of Tamarack Apartments in Camden, NJ. 


Sample Itinerary:

Sunday-Arrival
2:00 PM: Arrival and move-in
3:00 PM: Welcome and Orientation 
6:00 PM: Dinner
7:15 PM: Opening Session on Judaism and Sustainability and evening program
10:00 PM: Bedtime


Monday - Thursday
7:30-8:15 AM: Avodat Halev (Prayer, Meditation, Yoga, etc)
8:15-9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00-12:00 PM: Work Block  (Farm Walk with introduction to region and work projects)
12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00-4:00 PM: Work Block or Field Trip
4:00-6:30 PM: Free Time
6:30-7:30 PM: Dinner
7:30 PM: Evening Program


Friday
7:30-8:15 AM: Avodat Halev (Prayer, Meditation, Yoga, etc)
8:15-9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00-12:30 PM: Work Block 
12:30-2:00 PM: Lunch
2:00-3:00 PM: Special class
3:00-6:45 PM: Shabbat Prep
6:45 PM: Kabbalat Shabbat
8:00 PM: Dinner and Oneg/Evening Program


Shabbat
7:30-9:00 AM: Breakfast available
9:30-12:30 PM: Shabbat Morning
12:30-1:30 PM: Lunch/Kiddush
1:30-6:00 PM: Free Time
6:00-8:00 PM:  Dinner
8:00 PM: Havdallah and Evening Activity
Pack to go home


Sunday
7:00–7:45 AM: Breakfast 
7:45-9:15 AM: Final Cleaning and Packing Up
9:15 AM-10:00 AM: Closing Ritual
10:00 AM: Load the Vans and Head for Home