October 16, 2021

Rayjin Teppanyaki

Beauty in design

JUF News | Home gardening: sustainably, thoughtfully, and Jewishly

JUF News | Home gardening: sustainably, thoughtfully, and Jewishly

Getting the leap of obtaining a household yard is an remarkable and significant challenge a family members can get on alongside one another.  

Gardening can also be a potent way to share your Jewish values-no matter whether composting to reduce meals squander though nurturing your backyard garden, donating the meals you expand, or fostering the growth of pollinators. 

We hope home gardeners can be encouraged by some of the incredible group initiatives that were taken on by the 80+ customers of the Hazon Seal of Sustainability. This is a 12-thirty day period system made to guidance companies and communities working to build a much healthier, additional equitable, and more sustainable environment for all. 

“Our biggest effect on the group has been through our complete composting campaign,” said Rabbi Anna Levin Rosen of the University of Chicago Hillel. In partnership with scholar leaders and with aid from campus environmental companies, Levin Rosen experienced examined the whole University of Chicago Hillel’s environmental footprint, and jointly they designed a new technique.  

“We began getting only sustainable and compostable paper products and started composting all of our food squander as very well,” Levin Rosen explained. “Our partnership with Healthy Soil Compost allowed us to send 5-6 full 35-gallon bins of meals scraps, together with plates and utensils, to be composted weekly-which or else would have been despatched to the landfill.”  

UC Hillel also volunteered to be a site on campus wherever learners could convey compost from their properties.  

Lombard’s Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County launched a Victory Backyard challenge with 30 households. The congregation sends seeds to their families to plant in their home gardens as soon as the crops are prepared, 50 % of the harvested make is donated to regional food items banking companies.  

“In the Torah, we are advised to feed the hungry by not reaping to the edge of our fields and leaving the gleanings for the very poor,” said Etz Chaim Green Group Member Mary Hason. “With our vegetable gardens, we go a phase even more by harvesting the create and sharing half of it with area meals banks, so they can have refreshing veggies.” 

Just as there are minor cost-free libraries in neighborhoods all over Chicago, there are tiny cost-free food items pantries that would welcome clean deliver. 

In New York, the Woodstock Jewish Congregation joined a area project fostering people’s increasing native vegetation in their gardens. It is element of Woodstock NY Pollinator Pathway, a larger initiative aimed at producing a corridor in the Northeast for pollinators.

The congregation also participates in a joint challenge with Woodstock Land Conservancy and Woodstock Transition NY carrying out an once-a-year movie/discussion sequence focused on sustainability endeavours in their group. This 12 months, some of the functions will emphasis on regenerative farming, escalating one’s possess Victory Back garden, and creation of edible eco-landscapes in community and non-public areas-even along urban streets-which over time can provide totally free food both to people and wildlife/pollinators. 

Linking Jewish values to substantive action towards sustainability and climate-centered plans, Hazon Seal sites are supported, encouraged, and guided every single action of the way in having on sustainability jobs and initiatives like these to aid their communities and in switch, to make a more healthy, far more sustainable planet.  

For guidelines about how to get started composting in your dwelling garden, take a look at  

For a plethora of curated online assets, and to learn much more about the growing nationwide network of Hazon Seal internet sites all over the place, visit Hazon’s website at  Hazon is constructing a motion that strengthens Jewish existence and contributes to a more environmentally sustainable earth for all.  

Liana Rothman is the National Plans Coordinator for Hazon.