Sowing an Agricultural Jewish Identity
The Jewish Farmer Network held its inaugural conference, Cultivating Cultures: A Gathering of Jewish Farmers, in early February 2020. There, participants traded thoughts on permaculture and perennials over Shabbat dinner. "There is nothing revolutionary about the combination of Judaism and agriculture," writes Maragret Norman. "After all, the Jewish calendar doesn’t turn over in the dead of winter but at the end of the summer, at the turn of the seasons. The Torah even contains rules for agricultural practice. But there is something both new and radical at the intersection of these cultures." Norman spoke to organizers SJ Seldin and Shani Mink about their work.