Extending our Thanks: #GivingTuesday

Extending our Thanks: #GivingTuesday

Next week we will celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that brings people together to reflect on and express their gratitude for the good in their lives. Yesterday I was talking with a gentleman in the grocery store. I don’t know him by name, but he has helped me over the months and years, and when he saw me he went out of his way to say hello. “I’m now on the night shift,” he said, “and I don’t see customers as much anymore.” When I asked him how...

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A Wonderful Celebration!

A Wonderful Celebration!

Sunday was a stupendous day in the weather department. After several days of rain, the skies were clear and sunny. It was the perfect day for our Sukkot Harvest Celebration and Fundraiser. One of the day’s objectives was to thank our volunteers. It is a remarkable and significant blessing to note just how many people contribute their time, energy and muscle to helping In the Gardens grow. We honored 30 volunteers at our celebration! We...

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Planning Your Garden Part 4: The Fall Garden

Planning Your Garden Part 4: The Fall Garden

In the last few weeks,  we have harvested lots of fruits and veggies, and some plants have completed their season. The garden looks different. There are big pockets of emptiness, soil with nothing growing in it. Harvesting turnips, beets and carrots leaves beds empty. Pulling out the leaf baby lettuces after the third or fourth cutting of their leaves, and removing the sugar snap peas once the weather heated up, left open holes in the earth....

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A Special Volunteer!

A Special Volunteer!

Last Saturday I had the honor of seeing one of my former students become a bar mitzvah. It was especially meaningful because of the close relationships I have with so many members of his family, particularly with his grandmother Judy (Gunga, as she is known), who is one of In the Gardens’ main volunteers. And yet it was even more meaningful because this gentleman has been spending the last few months here working with In the Gardens for his...

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Volunteers Make our Gardens Grow

Volunteers Make our Gardens Grow

This weekend, being a long one with the Memorial Day holiday, gave more time than usual to be in the garden. We held two volunteer days, and while our numbers were modest, our work was extraordinary. One might not realize what goes into making a garden productive and functional, let alone beautiful. And we want our garden sites to be beautiful as well as fruitful. This weekend’s objectives were to: replace an 8’ x 3’ cedar raised bed that had...

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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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