#MyGivingStory—The Power of Compassion

#MyGivingStory—The Power of Compassion

The following is a story I submitted for this year’s #MyGivingStory, in recognition of some of the roots (no pun intended!) of In the Gardens. Parts of this story have been shared before, but here it is in its most updated form. Vote! #MyGivingStory is a storytelling contest created by the #GivingTuesday organization to foster a public conversation about giving and to inspire more people to give. Visit: goo.gl/Z7wNmv to vote for this giving...

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Planning Your Garden Part 3: Saving Seeds

Planning Your Garden Part 3: Saving Seeds

As spring has yielded to full summer, you might be seeing your garden overflow with produce. You might even see flowers or fruits that got away – that you didn’t see when they were ripe, and now what? You can pick them and toss them in the compost, you can leave them on the vine, or you can prepare to save their seeds. You might think that saving seeds is for the advanced gardener. What do I know about saving seeds, you might be thinking, but I...

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Spreading Gardens in the Neighborhood

Spreading Gardens in the Neighborhood

The main purpose for which the In the Gardens main site was started was to serve as a source of food and education: for the congregation of which I was the rabbi, for the broad community, and more specifically, for my neighborhood. I had a vision that sharing the harvest with my neighbors would not only build good friendships, but serve as a springboard. In the first year, I was given tips from my next-door neighbor about the growing and...

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Spring Fundraiser – Join our monthly giving program!

Spring Fundraiser – Join our monthly giving program!

Spring has come much too early this year. From those 70-degree days in February, plants took off early out of the starting block. Even though we’ve had a snowfall since then and some additional cold days, the warm weather is here, and it’s time to get all the goods into the ground. There are times during the season that we need to work overtime, and this is one of them. Our water system is in, but needs some fine-tuning. Some of our seeds are...

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Unexpected Interweavings

Unexpected Interweavings

Life is filled with unexpected interweavings, cycles and circles. I experienced some of these this past week on my JMMTT – Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training – at Isabella Freedman retreat center and farm. Nestled in the woods of Falls Village, CT, about 90 minutes from the nearest airport, the center boasts trails and a pond, several greenhouses, a large network of yards and structures for goats and chickens, and extensive fields...

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In the Gardens Volunteer Day Celebrating Earth Day!

In the Gardens Volunteer Day  Celebrating Earth Day!

Volunteer Day  Celebrating Earth Day! Sunday, April 23, 2017 10:00 am – 3:00 pm In celebration of Earth Day 2017, which is Saturday, April 23, please come to the In the Gardens Earth Day Volunteer Day on Sunday, April 23. You will learn about gardens and growing food while you help us plant this season’s fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers. The In the Gardens garden is in Melrose Park, a near west suburb of Chicago. Some of the day’s tasks will...

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