The garden provides myriad teachable moments and learning opportunities, from laws involving agricultural charities to the implications of the laws pertaining to the garden on Shabbat. Participants of GrowTorah engage with food justice firsthand, as they must decide what portion of their produce to donate to local charities. Educators can use the garden as a springboard for conversations on local, national, and global food policy. Students are inspired by the food they grow to eat more healthfully, and recite their brachot (blessings) more thoughtfully and with greater meaning and intention.
Within 10 years, we envision a GrowTorah program in every Jewish day school across North America, which will serve as an interdisciplinary experiential laboratory for students to engage with Torah, science, health, Jewish values and ethics, and more. Join us as we seek to create a movement that will change the way students and others who engage fully with the greater Jewish community see the world in which they live and the earth which they help steward.