“Growing Together” w/ AdamahNovember 4, 2009 at 11:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
By: Anna (Farm manager and Summer 2007)
Wanted to tell you about a neat, off-farm event we participated in on Sunday at Congregation Bet Am Shalom in White Plains, NY (one of the participating shuls of our White Plains CSA). A grant from UJA brought together students from Kol Ami, Bet Am Shalom, and the Elm Street Community Center for an afternoon of learning, cooking and eating with Adamah alumni. With the sing-song chorus of ‘Dirt made my lunch” echoing in the room, the children worked in small groups to prepare a vegetarian chili and apple crisp using ingredients from the Adamah farm. They talked about healthy eating, cooking, organic farming and the importance of being thankful for our food. Afterwards, with a magical sleight of hand, an extremely efficient and impressive team of volunteers whisked away the prepared (raw) chils and crisps, and brought out already cooked ones for everyone to enjoy! After many helpings of chili, apple crisp and vanilla ice cream, the group offered thanks: girls from Elm Street shared a thanksgiving song, and Rabbi Les Bronstein led the whole room in a version of Birkat Hamazon.
For us at Adamah, it was an incredibly inspiring event. We loved getting to interact with the kids, talk about their favorite vegetables, and see them enjoy a tasty meal from the food that we grow. It was also an opportunity for us to reconnect, as the folks attending the event were Adamah alumni from several different seasons, who now live in and near New York City. Adamahniks carry the spark of Adamah with them after they leave the program, and are ever-ready to bring it out and share it; it was wonderful to have such a great occasion to do so!