Shanah Tovah U’metukah — A Good and Sweet Year from In the Gardens

Shanah Tovah U’metukah — A Good and Sweet Year from In the Gardens

Shanah tovah! That means “A good New Year to you.” We are approaching the High Holy Days in the Jewish calendar. These days begin with Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Days of Awe or the Ten Days of Return. The season quickly gives way to Sukkot, an eight-day holiday celebrating the harvest and the earth’s bounty. We acknowledge that the Creator and the earth have provided for us for another year. We pray for rain so that...

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In Praise of Water

In Praise of Water

I spent an extended weekend in southern California this past weekend celebrating my father’s 83rd birthday. Having lived in California for about fifteen years, it is always a treat to go back. I was struck by the beauty. Palm trees overlooking the panoramic ocean view are bordered by blue skies filled with sun. Although I didn’t see any vegetable gardens growing in the places we were visiting, I remembered that plants growing here in the...

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Oh Deer, What Can the Matter Be?

Oh Deer, What Can the Matter Be?

… Growing food most closely informs my relationship with the earth so that is where I go to source these writings. Each year there are crops that grow well and others that disappoint. One crop, however, enthused and simultaneously disappointed beyond all: the grapes. Pruning grapes is critical for a good crop. This year I discovered that April is the right time to prune, but still convinced I had no idea what I was doing, I feared that I...

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