Ekar’s Jewish-Centered Curriculum

EKAR JEWISH EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS: FALL 2017

The following outline below gives a preview of Ekar Farm’s Jewish educational offerings for Fall 2016. We can conduct these lessons in your classroom, organizational garden, or on our farm (depending on the season). The undercurrents of our Jewish lessons will include Tzedakah (justice) and Shomrei Adamah (guardians of the earth). If you are interested in scheduling an Ekar Educator to provide lessons or projects on the following topics for your students in grades K-12, please complete our online form below after reviewing the topics we offer. We are flexible and happy to adapt our programming to meet the needs of your students, curriculum, and objectives! If you have any questions or want more details about the offerings below, contact Margot Sands (Ekar’s Lead Educator) at margot@ekarfarm.org.

*These stars indicate months when we offer field trips to the farm.

Month

Themes/Lessons

Jewish Holidays

& Seasonal Connections

September*

Bees, Honey, & Community

– Flower Dissections

– Honey Tasting

– Pollination Simulation Games

-Local, seasonal fruits and honey snack

– Connections to responsibility and tradition in Jewish community

High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur)

 

Farm Connection: Honey Harvest

October*

Apples, Squash, & Bounty (of food, holidays, & tradition)

– Enjoy the apple and fall squash harvest by using farm-fresh ingredients

– Learning about plant parts using seasonal plants and foods for examples

– Building connections between these harvests to traditions of fall holidays (Examples: Gourd decorations in the Sukkah, tree materials used for making Torahs, etc.)

 

Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret, & Simchat Torah

 

Farm Connection: Fall Produce Harvest

November

Garlic Planting & Transformation

– Option to plant garlic in your organization’s garden

– Learn the garlic life cycle and health benefits of garlic

– Preserve farm-fresh veggies through fermentation methods (Examples: pickles, sauerkraut, sourdough, etc.)

– Reflect on personal and communal changes during a quiet time in the Jewish calendar

Reflecting on the High Holidays

 

Farm Connection: Preparing for Winter and Garlic Planting

December

Miracles of the Food System: Potatoes, Oil, and Hunger

– Following the Potato – A Seed to Fork Food System Activity

– Exploring hunger issues with “Meals Around the World”

– 8 Days of Energy Efficiency

– Making Beeswax Candles for the Menorah

– Revealing the wonders of oil through food traditions (latkes, sufganyot) and the story of Hanukkah

Hanukkah

 

Farm Connection: Winter Hibernation and Staying Well-Fed/Warm

Educational Programming Request Form

  • :
    Select the grade levels you are requesting programs for (check all that apply)
  • Select 0 if you are not bringing your group to the farm.
  • Please describe if you'd like activities (and what kind) in addition to the farmwork your group will do on the farm. Only answer this question if you are requesting a farm visit.
  • We will follow up with you about scheduling additional visits once you submit the form.
  • Please share anything else you believe we should know about your group. Examples: primary language of participants (if not English), allergies, physical ailments, dietary or religious concerns, etc.