Last Sunday, March 19th, over 90 people gathered at the Boulder JCC for “Seed to Table,” a day that was described by many as a “Jewish Gardening Bootcamp.” Individuals, lay leaders, and Jewish professionals from over 15 Jewish organizations in the Denver/Boulder metro area came together for a day of learning and networking organized by Hazon and Milk and Honey Farm at the Boulder JCC. Workshops ranged in topics like, “From Sermon to Seed,” (taught by Rabbi Marc Soloway, Bonai Shalom), “How to Engage Volunteers and Make your Garden Blossom” (taught by Beth Steinhorn, JFFixler Group), and “Planning your first Garden” (taught by Becca Weaver, Milk and Honey Farm at the J and Kevin Karl, Growing Gardens). A highlight for many was the trip to Milk and Honey’s geodesic dome greenhouse for a lesson on Season Extension from two local farmers.
Participants left feeling more equipped to have an awesome food garden for this coming growing season. One shared that Seed to Table, “really helped me to think about planning my gardening space.” Participants also met new people and learned of new organizations. One person noted, “I have never attended an event that felt so welcoming and warm.” Another said, “The coordinators did an excellent job of stimulating connections between attendees.” Perhaps most importantly, many who came reflected that they felt more fired up about their connection to Judaism and Sustainability, some hoping to “inspire other Jews to be more sustainable!”