Jewish Food Justice Immersion

August 22-27, 2017   |   Philadelphia, PA


Join Jewish Farm School for a unique immersion program in Philadelphia at the intersection of urban farming, social justice, and Jewish traditions. Together we will explore the legacy of racism and oppression that has shaped the American food system, and how honoring and emulating the processes of the natural world can inform the development of community-based economic, food, and social systems designed for equity, justice, and long-term sustainability. 


Through volunteering with urban farms, mission-driven organizations, and social enterprises, participants will learn about the challenges, successes, and strategies for making change in the food system and beyond. Our innovative curriculum includes presentations, dialogue, experiential activities, and volunteer opportunities that focus on urban agriculture, food justice, and Jewish perspectives on sustainability and collective liberation. 


Participants Will:

  • Engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities on a variety of urban farming and permaculture-inspired projects
  • Meet local food justice and community leaders- learn how they are working to create a more just, sustainable, and activism-oriented food system and Jewish community in Philadelphia
  • Explore the connections between contemporary sustainability, social justice issues, and Jewish traditions
  • Learn the basics of agroecology and permaculture - ethics, principles, and design strategies that participants can apply within their own communities back home
  • Collectively cook and eat delicious locally-grown and sourced organic meals;
  • Participate in a lively, vibrant, and pluralistic Shabbat.


What We Provide:

  • Program educators and facilitation staff
  • Transportation from site to site within Philadelphia
  • Orientation and resources packet
  • Delicious, organic, and locally sourced meals


What We Don't Provide:

  • Arranging for travel to/from Philadelphia
  • Housing (we are happy to assist with finding homestays or other options)


$450/participant plus travel to and from Philadelphia. This fee includes meals, program materials, and transportation throughout the week. Participants are encouraged to make their own housing arrangements, and we are happy to assist with finding homestays or other options.


Limited scholarships are available.

The Jewish Farm School is grateful to the major funder of this program: