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is JTA's former associate editor.


  • This Week in Jewish Farming: The impostor farmer

    Muddy fields too wet to work in, irrigation pumps that won’t move water, and other near-disasters from the front lines of Jewish agriculture.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Getting in gear

    After an unseasonably cold start to the growing season, everything seems to be happening at once.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Sustainable Shabbat

    Jewish groups these days love to celebrate the rich tradition of Jewish agricultural law, but what do the rabbis have to say about watering the greenhouse on Saturdays?

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Breaking ground

    Watching the plow make its first pass through virgin fields seemed akin to what a new mother might feel offering up her son to the mohel, Ben Harris writes.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: The journeyman’s journey

    The growing number of educational programs for beginning farmers signals a real problem for the organic movement: Lots of people want to farm, but they just don’t know how.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Springtime for farmers

    It’s not easy entrusting your livelihood to nature at a time when the climate is changing.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Crying over onions

    With other crops, you get a few chances to get them right. If one planting of lettuce fails, there’s another one two weeks later. But onions are a one-time deal.

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Planting new seeds

    In a new weekly feature, former JTA associate editor Ben Harris chronicles his transition from New York journalist to Connecticut farmer.

  • The truth about SodaStream’s West Bank factory

    JTA’s Ben Sales visited the plant last year and found hundreds of content employees.

  • RIP, Pete Seeger

    Pete Seeger, a man for whom the modifier “legendary” seems hopelessly inadequate, had many Jewish associations in a career that spanned seven decades.