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Day 23 of Jewish American Heritage Month: Grow something

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Lake Miriam at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Conn. (Courtesy Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center)

Lake Miriam at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Conn. (Courtesy Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center)

Tap into the locavore movement by spending a day — or a week — at a center promoting Jewish sustainability, organic farming methods and spiritualism. The Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Falls Village, Conn., offers an array of weekend program themes, and you can also pitch in making the farm’s goat cheese and pickles. Urban Adamah’s one-acre educational farm and community center in Berkeley, Calif., has numerous workshops integrating Jewish tradition, including composting workshops, skill-share community exchange markets and volunteer work days. Kayam Farm in Reisterstown, Md., offers courses on such Jewish agricultural topics as “botany and prayer,” and has its own goats, chickens and Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA. Go to www.hazon.org for more ideas on creating and sustaining your own community.
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