They’re here!

June 2, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

By: Meg (greenhouse manager and Fall ’06)

The Adamahniks have arrived! As I type they are all in Cold Spring, NY with Miriam, Biz and Shamu, attending the Teva Environmental Education Seminar. The first week and a half of the summer session has flown by, packed with introductions to Isabella Freedman, introductions to each other, bike basics, chores, and lots and lots of planting. Adamah Alumni Jo Kent Katz arrived on Tuesday to teach the first session of the new leadership curriculum. We’ve covered meeting facilitation, kitchen orientation, barnyard (we’ve renamed the pasture) basics, and of course, lots of Avodat lev. It’s been quite a week!PICT0193

The first weekend that the Adamahniks were here was Shavuot, and they had the oppurtunity to take part in the Elat Chayim retreat featuring Rabbi Zalaman Schachter Shalomi. Many people stayed up all night studying with Reb Zalman, Eve Ilsen and Rabbi David Ingber.

On Thursday afternoon before the start of the holiday Adamah hosted the first parade recognizing the holiday of Yom Ha-Bikkurim, the holiday of the First Fruits. We made banners and drummed, sang and led goats, waved greenary and showed off our first fruits as we marched down the Main Street of Isabella Freedman. Adamah’s first fruits included the first harvest of kale from the sadeh, goat milk, radishes, gooseberries, chives and the first two strawberries from the gan, which ripened just in time for the parade.

The week ahead holds cucumber planting (the second and third suscessions!), cabbage and lettuce seeding, the first fellowship meeting, and of course, the first Shabbat in the Adamah house. Stay tuned for more updates and info about the Adamahniks of Summer 2009!

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