Meet a Jewish Farmer

Meet a Jewish Farmer 
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 1:30pm

What does it mean to be Jewish and a Farmer? Does the combination exist? Believe it or not, there is a community of Jewish Farmers living on the land and are dedicated to living a life of Torah and embodying Tikkun Olam through their lives and values! Come hear about what it means to be a Jewish Farmer from Nati Passow, the Director and Founder of the Jewish Farm School and how you can connect deeper to your Jewish and spiritual roots through the Earth. Driven by traditions of using food and agriculture as tools for social justice and spiritual mindfulness, Jewish Farmers are connecting to God and the land in an indigenous way. We will discuss the injustices embedded in today’s mainstream food systems and how the work of Jewish Farmers is creating greater access to sustainably grown foods, produced from a consciousness of both ecological and social well being. This event is also the first formal think-tank for those who are interested in the planning and building of the Bronfman Center's first Spiritual Garden. If you would like to be involved in the co-creation of this project, please come! Join us for an afternoon of meaningful discussion and delicious vegetarian food. This event is sponsored by Yovel: Spiritual Environmentalism @ NYU

Nati Passow, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Jewish Farm School, is a writer, carpenter and educator living in Philadelphia. From 2005 to 2007 Nati ran an award-winning garden construction program for the Urban Nutrition Initiative at University City High School. Over the last several years Nati has led service–learning trips in the developing world for American Jewish World Service, and in the U.S. forJewish Funds for Justice. He spent two fall seasons at the Teva Learning Center and has continued to work for Teva as a curriculum writer. Nati has studied sustainable building design and natural building and is a certified Permaculture designer. Nati holds a B.A. in Religion and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a recipient of the Joshua Venture GroupFellowship for Jewish social entrepreneurs.