In This Email
- A Closer Look at the 2012 Farm Bill
- The Food Conference is Coming to Colorado
- Outdoor Adventure Teen Biking Program
- Ekar Farm and the Fair Food Network
- 3rd Annual Hazon California Ride & Retreat
- Taste the Sustainable Flavors of Israel
- 2012 Hazon Cross USA Ride
- Local Events and Features from our Partners and Friends
By Aliza R. Wasserman
While headlines about the Farm Bill focus on the role of commodity subsidies in creating the ubiquity of processed foods in the U.S. (and increasingly in the global) food system, on the final day of the 2011 Hazon Food Conference, some of the most passionate and committed members of what some are calling the “new Jewish food movement” got a deeper look at the details of the policy landscape that shapes the way the U.S. food system functions and influences the rest of the globe…
Hazon’s successful, national Food Conference is coming to Colorado! In spring 2012, we are hosting a one-day, community wide event in Denver/Boulder on the intersection of food and Jewish life! Stay tuned for details.
Be a leader in the local Jewish Food Movement and join the planning team to help make this an amazing event. Planning team members will attend monthly meetings on Mondays at 7:00 p.m., alternating between Boulder and Denver with the first meeting on September 19th, and sit on one of five committees: Community Wide Involvement, Green Team/Food/Logistics, Jewish Life, Marketing & Outreach, and Programming.
If you have questions or want to sign up, contact Becky at Becky@Hazon.org or 303-886-5865.
Calling all High-Schoolers! Join us on one-day, 30 mile bike trips around Denver and Boulder from September to November. Find out what Judaism has to say about the environment, enjoy a great challenge, and have fun with your friends!
Our experienced cycling counselors will lead you on your journey through beautiful, sunny Colorado while pushing you both physically and mentally.
Best of all… it’s FREE! Sign up for one ride or many. Bring your friends and we’ll see you on the road! Registration is REQUIRED so register now. Registration is open until 2:00 p.m. on the Friday before each ride.
The Colorado Teen Bike Ride series is funded by a grant from
Rose Youth Foundation, an initiative of Rose Community Foundation.
Aaron Ney, Program Manager of Ekar Farm in Denver, does some “number crunching” based on Fair Food’s production and distribution facts. His findings conclude that “Ekar Farm engaged 1,200 community volunteers in growing 8000 pounds of urban organic vegetables, of which, 7000 pounds were donated to the Jewish Family Service Weinburg Food Pantry, with a market value of $45,000, feeding 2000 people a month during our harvest season. We did this using under 200,000 gallons of water.”
4 Days – 2 Wheels – 1 Community
$199 for a limited time
By Dr. Jeremy Benstein
When you think of food â€” what comes to mind? Usually we think of tastes, smells â€” the sensual experiences of eating. If we dig a little deeper, we’ll get to issues of producing food (growing, raising, processing…) and preparing it â€” buying, cooking. If we really “unpack” the idea â€” we’ll think about the lack of it â€” hunger â€” and all the different social, economic, environmental, and political issues that are embedded in our food system that makes it the way it is…
Grab Life by the Handlebars!
“When I started the ride, I was a 20-year-old out-of-shape college student. By the end of the summer, I’d lost 35 pounds, discovered God and spirituality, became a vegan and an environmentalist, made great friends, and learned that I can do anything I set my mind to doing, no matter how far-fetched it may seem.”
Ilan Glazer, Cross USA Ride Participant, Summer 2000
Seattle, WA to Washington, DC
- 72 days, 53 cycling days, 9 Shabbat rest days, 5 service days
- Average of 70 miles per day (approximately 4 to 8 hours of riding each day)
- Semi-supported tour â€” crew transports ride gear and luggage
- Experienced and knowledgeable tour support team
- Meals are included â€” kosher and often vegetarian (always a vegetarian option)
- Camping accommodations for most of the program
Honey, Its Bee Month at Ekar Farm
A lesson for all in the techniques of beekeeping will be provided by Backyard Hive.
Sunday, September 18, 10:00 PM: Community Hive Building
Come on out to Ekar to build 10-15 hives â€” for yourself or other gardens! Take home a hive ($36)
or build for future placement at Ekar and elsewhere. Please RSVP to Aaron@ekarfarm.org.
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 PM: The Nutritional Aspects of Local Honey
Presented by Hazon
A panel of nutritionists and chefs will give us the sweet info on local honey, its help with allergies, its superiority to sugar, and some honey recipes.
Gleaning Days for Community Food Share
Help Pick Corn and Vegetables for People in Need
Sunday, September 18th
9:30 AM – Noon
Meet at Food Share, 6363 Horizon Lane in Longmont
Gleaning is going over a field or area that has just been harvested and gathering by hand any usable parts of the crop that remain. There are several Biblical references for gleaning.
Congregation Har HaShem’s Tikkun Olam Committee is sponsoring two gleaning days for Community Food Share. Teams will leave from Food Share by bus at 9:30 and go to local farms that have agreed to let us pick corn and other vegetables. There’s nothing to it but bringing a hat, sunglasses, gloves, water, and good cheer!
For information or to attend, contact Roxanne Bailin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (720) 545-3939 ASAP. If you cannot stay for the full morning, call or email anyway.
Director of Community Engagement
Director of Community Education