[Newsletter] September 15 – Farm Bill 2012


A Closer Look at the 2012 Farm

By Aliza R. Wasserman

Original posted on The Jew and the Carrot

[IMG Photo Alt]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…

Continue reading “A Closer Look at the 2012 Farm Bill” on The Jew and the Carrot…

The Food Conference is coming to Colorado!

[IMG Photo Alt]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.

Outdoor Adventure Teen Biking Program

[IMG Photo Alt]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.

Find out more and sign up today!

The Colorado Teen Bike Ride series is funded by a grant from

Rose Youth Foundation, an initiative of Rose Community Foundation.



Ekar Farm and the Fair Food Network

[IMG Photo Alt]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.”

If you are interested in joining a book club to discuss Oran Hesterman’s Fair Food, please contact Hilla Abel at hilla_abel@hotmail.com. The book club will take place in November.


3rd Annual Hazon California Ride & Retreat

4 Days – 2 Wheels – 1 Community

[IMG Photo Alt]May 10 – 13, 2012

Learn more about the Ride and register TODAY!

$199 for a limited time

More Information and Registration


Taste the Sustainable Flavors of Israel

By Dr. Jeremy Benstein

Originally posted on The Jew and the Carrot

[IMG Food Tour]When you think of food — what comes to mind? Usually we think of tastes, smells — 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 — buying, cooking. If we really “unpack” the idea — we’ll think about the lack of it — hunger — and all the different social, economic, environmental, and political issues that are embedded in our food system that makes it the way it is…

Continue reading “Taste the Sustainable Flavors of Israel” on The Jew and the Carrot…

More Information and Registration


2012 Hazon Cross USA Ride

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

[IMG Photo Alt] June 7, 2012 – August 16, 2012

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 — crew transports ride gear and luggage
  • Experienced and knowledgeable tour support team
  • Meals are included — kosher and often vegetarian (always a vegetarian option)
  • Camping accommodations for most of the program

More Information and Application


Local Programs in the Jewish Food Movement

Honey, Its Bee Month at Ekar Farm

[IMG Photo Alt]Thursday, September 15, 7:00 PM: Backyard Hives

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 — 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 rbailinbldr@yahoo.com or (720) 545-3939 ASAP. If you cannot stay for the full morning, call or email anyway.

Visit Hazon in Colorado online for more event listings.


Hazon Colorado Staff

Becky O’Brien

Director of Community Engagement

(303) 886-5865


Juliet Glaser

Director of Community Education

(303) 886-4894