Ekar’s Jewish-Centered Curriculum

EKAR JEWISH EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS: SPRING 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

March

Compost Purim Party!

– Mixing things up: paralleling stories of Esther & creating compost

– Soil health overview – compost as the best amendment

– Soil Testing

– Compost Investigation

– Vermicomposting (worms)

– How-to Compost Books to take home

– Compost groggers art project

Purim

 

Farm Connection: Building the soil and awaitng the spring

April*

Exodus from Egypt: The Birth of the Jewish People & the Garden

– Option to help plant in your garden using both seeds and seedlings

– Connect spring planting to the multiple meanings of Pesach; starting anew, liberation, growth of our people

– Emphasize important Jewish foods at the Seder (possibly plant some in the garden)

– Brief overview of planting a garden (direct seeding and transplanting)

 

Pesach

 

Farm Connection: Spring Planting and the Birth of Spring

May*

Wandering & Waiting for the Torah (and our plants!)

– Counting of the Omer (traditional barley offerings) to mark time between Exodus and receiving the Torah AND when barley is harvest-ready

– Connect to waiting and tending land after first planting

– Making barley flour and pita bread

– Taste/observe early harvests in the Colorado garden

Lag B’Omer & Shavuot

 

Farm Connection: Barley Offerings  & Early Harvests

June

Receiving the Torah and Beginning the Ripe Barley Harvest

– Connecting the gift of the Torah with the gift of food/sustenance

– What gifts do we receive/give to each other, the community, the world?

– Why dairy foods are eaten on this holiday

– Making butter, cheese, barley flour and/or pita bread!

– Harvesting early summer crops

Shavuot Continued

 

Farm Connection: Ripe Barley Harvest & Beginning of Summer

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.