The Boulder JCC welcomed more than 300 people to join in the celebration of the grand opening of the Milk and Honey Farm on Sunday afternoon. The grand opening featured a dedication of the new Clairene and Lindsay Weaver barn, in honor of Butch Weaver’s parents; and renaming the street on the east side of the property Julie’s Way, in honor of Julie Shafer.
The Milk and Honey Farm at the Boulder JCC is a more than two-acre educational sustainable farm that brings the greater community together via experiential programs and activities designed to ignite wonder and discovery, grounded in vast Jewish heritage, tradition, and values. It provides a place for individuals to connect on the simplest level with soil, plants, animals, and people, for the health and well-being of themselves and the larger community. Milk and Honey Farm is located adjacent to the new Boulder JCC building on Boulder Jewish Commons. In the past year, more than 2,000 pounds of produce from the farm has been donated to local food banks.
Executive Director Jonathan Lev says:
“The Milk and Honey Farm is something that makes the Boulder JCC unique, nationwide. We are the only JCC in the country to have a working farm that impacts, not just the Jewish community, but all of Boulder County. We are a model of sustainability and connection to the earth that will impact community members for generations to come.”
The Milk and Honey Farm grand opening follows the grand opening of the new Boulder JCC in September of 2016. The farm represents the next phase of expansion and impact for the Boulder JCC. It serves as a way to expand programs and services provided by the JCC. Becca Weaver, Farm Director, states,
“Preschool students, summer campers, and adults alike all come to Milk and Honey Farm to play, learn, and do. Our farm serves as a backdrop for hands-on learning and projects: from taking care of the goats and bees, picking produce for donation, and learning from top Boulder Chefs in cooking classes.”
The farm features outdoor garden beds, indoor gardens in a geo dome, and a barn. One of the many unique features of the farm is the Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish Goat Co-op, which currently resides in the barn. The group collectively owns, milks, and cares for a handful of goats that live at the farm. Each week, member families take turns coming to the farm to do their chores. The co-op inspires people to take more sustainable actions, learn more about the Jewish values relevant in their lives, and live a more community-oriented lifestyle.
The farm is made possible in large part to The Oreg Foundation. For more information or to get involved in the farm, go to www.boulderjcc.org.