Ekar and Moishe House Denver
launch “Growing and Giving” program
Ekar and Moishe House Denver are very excited to announce their year-long collaboration in growing food for donation to agencies combating hunger and malnutrition in Denver. “Growing and Giving: the Moishe House Year with Ekar” will be a multi-faceted program offering numerous opportunities and modes of participation.
Ekar and Moishe House will co-host a series of events and activities throughout 2013, centered around farm work, education and outreach, emphasizing Jewish teachings of social justice, tzedakah (righteousness) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).
Ekar, Denver’s Jewish urban farm, takes up a goal each year of donating 8,000 pounds of
vegetables to agencies like Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry. This year, Moishe House Denver will be a crucial partner in this effort.
Moishe House is an international organization providing meaningful Jewish experiences to young adults in their twenties.
“Growing and Giving” will kickoff with a Social Justice Film Fest in May, screening 2 documentaries as a fundraiser for Ekar. On May 7th, “FRESH” introduces audiences to a rising movement of people and communities reinventing our food system, and on May 21 st, “Food Stamped” follows filmmakers Shira and Yoav Potash as they attempt to eat a healthy diet on roughly one dollar per meal. Director Yoav Potash will be on hand for Q&A.
For the rest of the summer, the Moishe House community will take part in a series of gardening classes and “Harvest and BBQs” hosted at Ekar. These ongoing Wednesday evening events will each include discussions surrounding Jewish traditions of agricultural-oriented tzedakah, home gardening education, and hands-on work in the fields of Ekar’s farm – planting, tending and harvesting. Each evening will end with a vegetarian kosher bbq.
“Growing and Giving” will also offer a fun opportunity for the Moishe House community to join with the greater Food-Justice community through scholarships to join Ekar’s Tour de Farm Bike Ride. This event will bring over 100 bike riders and promises a “Tour through the Breadbasket of Denver.” Riding along the High Line Canal, bikers will stop and tour 3 urban, organic farms in Denver – each increasing access to food and highlighting the role of urban farming in solving local hunger and
malnutrition trends for children and families.
This collaborative program was designed in response to a request from the Roots and Branches Foundation of Rose Community Foundation to engage young adults in social justice and food related work.