This past Sunday folks from near and far descend upon Isabella Freedman for Farm Day. They came for a taste of ADAMAH First Fruits and to make acquaintance with Angie, Zilpah and the rest of the goat family. They enjoyed pizza baked in our cobb oven, experienced the transcendence of a hike in the Berkshire forest, and were serenaded by the talented ADAMAHNIKIM. I had the pleasure of working at the “Make Your Own Pickle” table, and after speaking with a representative of the FPA, I’d like to share with you a clip from an interview with one of ADAMAH’s Persian Cucumbers, originally published in FPA’s bi-monthly magazine, Brining for You.
‘It was a rather wet and early morning for us in the Sadeh. I spent the night out with my friends Natasha Nitrogen, Pesach Phosphorus, and Pauly Potassium and I really needed my sleep. Baruch Hashem! It was a quiet night, but I could’ve used another hour of snoozing. Nestled in the lush and gentle rolling Berkshire Mountains, hidden away from the raod by flora, it’s usually quiet out there, save for the birds songing the bird sing and the occasional deer who CHOMP CHOMP CHOMPS away on salad greens at dawn every so often. At around 7:30 or 8:00 in the a.m., this particular Sunday, a couple young Jewish Farmy Folks woke me as they came’a prancing toward us with some yellow bins, grinning wildly, and singing loudly. As the sun peeked from behind the dense, morning cloud cover, the dew on my leaves slowly evaporated, and the sun’s rays warmed me to my roots. After growing several inches in length and diameter over the past three days, I was ready to get outta town today. A day or two more and I might’ve been too swollen to be a proper pickle. So I took a ride over to the main Isabella Freedman campus, where Ari packed me away into a jar with a few Cucurbit friends, some garlic from down the road, my friend Grape Leaf, some spices who I’d never met before, a bunch of salt, and some water. Thus, here I sit today. Fermenting away in White Plains, New York.’
Originally Published Monday, June 27th 2011
There you have it folks. Some insight into the life of an FPA, farm-to-table, on Farm Day at Isabella Freedman. And remember, as the FPA says, “Stay salty my friends.”
All our invited to join us for our Fall Farm Day during Sukkot on Sunday, Oct. 16.
At ADAMAH of late, we have been steadily transitioning into fall/winter homesteading and projects geared toward the program’s long-term vision. Whereas mere weeks ago we spent the majority of our time harvesting for the White Plains CSA, we are now bottling up kim chi (and soon sauerkraut) that will be consumed mostly this winter and next year, and raking, raking, raking the seemingly endless fall of leaves. Since these projects, exciting as they are, leave us with time in our schedules, as ADAMAH fellows we embarked this week on special fall projects designed to positively enhance the life of the program for years to come.
While more projects will be taken on throughout November and the first half of December, our current endeavors include: building a 100 ft-long hoop-house on our Beebe Hill site for extended growing seasons; digging stone steps into the treacherous slope outside the Center for Cultural Proliferation; reviving a basement nearby the ADAMAH office to serve as indoor space for fellows and apprentices; designing and digging out new beds in the orchard for herbs that will form the base of our new tea business; and putting anti-freeze into the heating tubes of our greenhouse to prolong their life and save us precious time in the spring. Each of these have an idea and plan as to their direction, but as fellows a creative input is being asked of us to bring these conceptual forms to full manifestation.
In general, I find my work at ADAMAH incredibly fulfilling. Whether it be tending to the Sadeh (Shamu or otherwise), pickling our produce, singing together in Avodat Lev or learning about permaculture, Torah, and qualities of leadership under the same sky-lit yurt roof, I daily feel that in one form or another I am doing something positive and healing for myself and for the world. However, there is something particularly empowering about confronting the unknown, taking ownership of a challenge, and engaging with creativity and passion to uncover a solution. It is a reminder here, as we apprentice and learn, that we each have unique gifts to share.
This sense of empowerment – encouraging people to take initiative in creatively shaping the world around them – is, I believe, essential to creating strong, vibrant, sustainable communities. The more each of us knows individually, the greater the gifts we can give, the greater the bounty we can harvest together. If the world is to become a better place – if we as Jews and as human beings are to heal ecologically, emotionally, and spiritually, and grow to embody the dream we have always imagined – we will have to cultivate this type of leadership within ourselves, and help to cultivate it in others.
Throughout its seven years, ADAMAH has been a model case-study in this domain. Fellows have taken the ADAMAH experience and gone on to become founders of organizations, community leaders, and visionaries in the ecological and agricultural world. Beginning on these fall projects, some small in size, others larger, each of us as fellows coming to them with our own experience, strengths, and questions, I am grateful to see myself and my fellow adamahnikim continue in this tradition. It fills me with excitement to have the privilege of growing with them; it is a blessing to be moving with them, and to feel the power of where else, from here, we will go.
Submitted by Gabriel Crane, Fall ADAMAH 2010
This week we had a half day visit from the Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and the Christian, Muslim and Jewish Stonypoint interns participating in a multi-faith fellowship whose vision is about non-violence and peace-building. One day, the goal of Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit is to be a sort of interfaith ADAMAH fellowship. The highlight of the day was when the ADAMAH fellows and the Stonypoint interns sat down for a joint class on eco-kashrut and halal. We even got to hear about a new line of eco-halal meats – Green Zabiha – organic, halal pastured, grass-fed meat.
Here are some photos from their tour of Isabella Freedman and the ADAMAH Sadeh (field). Thanks to Katie for all the photos!
Meeting our goats:
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