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Food Justice and Sustainability Program
Mar. 10, 2011
Creation of a food-producing community garden to provide for neighbors in need and educate congregants about food justice and sustainable land use.
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KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation
KAM Isaiah Israel created a community garden to provide for neighbors in need and educate congregants about food justice and sustainable land use. The project includes three organic food-producing gardens, donations from the garden to area soup kitchens, educational community programming and community outreach.
In February 2009, the congregation’s social justice committee held a meeting to discuss how to “green” the synagogue. From that meeting came the idea to transform the synagogue lawn into a Star of David-shaped food producing garden. The first season’s harvest was shared with the congregation.
The Food Justice and Sustainability Program is used to advocate, educate and bring awareness to issues of environmental responsibility and access to healthy food. In August 2009, the committee expanded its efforts by identifying a pressing, local “solvable” social justice problem that was of interest to many congregants. The problem identified: many people living near the synagogue do not have access to fresh, healthy, locally-grown food.
Solutions developed: What began as a synagogue greening project quickly evolved into a food justice and sustainability program.The food grown in the Star of David garden was distributed to the synagogue’s neighbors in need. After developing this successful model, KAM Isaiah Israel congregants began teaching others how to construct food-producing gardens
The project has four components:
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Over a period of six months, the soup kitchens and shelters received more than1,200 lbs of organic food from the KAM Isaiah Israel gardens. Throughout the project’s implementation, the congregation formed partnerships with more than 20 secular and religious groups. KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation is now recognized as a leader in food justice and sustainability.
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