Urban Permaculture Alternative Break

August 2017   |   Philadelphia, PA


Join Jewish Farm School for a unique alternative break opportunity. In 2017 we will focus on urban permaculture, agroecology, and food justice.  


Together we will explore how the ethics, principles, and processes of permaculture can inform the development of community-based economic, food, and social systems designed for long-term justice and sustainability. Our diverse and innovative curriculum includes presentations, dialogue, experiential activities, and service-learning field trips that focus urban agriculture and food justice in Philadelphia. 


Through volunteering with urban farms, mission-driven organizations, and social enterprises, students learn about diverse challenges, successes, and strategies that they can apply to a real-world project within their own communities back home.


Highlights Include

  • Work on a variety of urban farming and permaculture projects;
  • Meet local food justice leaders and social entrepreneurs, and learn how they are working to create a more just and sustainable food system in Philadelphia;
  • Explore the connections between contemporary sustainability issues and Jewish tradition;
  • Learn the basics of permaculture - ethics, principles, and design - and apply them to the development of community-based food, economic, and social systems; 
  • Cook and eat delicious organic meals;
  • Celebrate a lively, vibrant, and pluralistic Shabbat.



JFS has developed an innovative experiential Jewish food justice curriculum that includes presentations, text-based discussions, skill-based trainings, and volunteer opportunities.  Throughout the week we will dive into the various connections between Jewish traditions, food justice, and environmental sustainability. The program also includes an in-depth exploration of Social Permaculture--the design process for creating holistic, resilient, and regenerative social ecologies, such as community-based economic and food systems designed for long-term sustainability. 


Students will participate in various urban agriculture, food justice, and social permaculture-related volunteer opportunities and field trips. These experiences are framed by themes and concepts within the course curriculum, and offer opportunities to connect directly with urban farmers and social entrepreneurs working to create a more just and sustainable Philadelphia.



$750/participant plus travel to and from Philadelphia. This fee includes meals, lodging, and transportation throughout the week.  For a reduced fee of $500/participant, groups can coordinate their own lodging and meal options for the week.  


Want to participate?

We are currently looking for 2-4 university partners.  Hillel staff, student leaders, or individuals who are interested, should complete the interest form  and we will be in touch. 


Complete the interest form here!

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