2017 Shtetl Skills Workshops

All workshops are $10-$20 suggested donation. Nobody turned away due to lack of funds. Some workshops have an additional materials fee.

Rainwater Harvesting w/ Nati Passow

Sunday October 22: 3PM - 5PM  |  5020 Cedar Ave

During the fall harvest festival of Sukkot, we begin praying for rain-the source of life for our plants. Harvesting rainwater for use in your garden can reduce your bills and your ecological footprint. This workshop will review some basic techniques for catching and storing rain, and will give you designs to create your own rainwater harvesting system.

 

Nati Passow is the director of the Jewish Farm School. He has been working with neighbors over the past several years to transform a vacant lot into a productive growing and green space.

Fall Medicine Making w/ Kelly McCarthy

Thursdays Nov. 9th and 30th: 6PM - 8:30PM  |  5020 Cedar Ave

Late fall is the perfect time to stock your medicine cabinet with natural remedies. In this two-part series participants will learn how to make infused oils, tinctures, and topical salves. We’ll cover basics of at-home medicine making, locally accessible healing plants, and guidelines for herbal medicine use.

 

Part I: Oil infusions and Tinctures - Thursday November 9th 6pm-8:30pm

Part II: Salve Making - Thursday November 30th 6pm-8:30pm

 

Please Note: This is a 2-part workshop. Please sign up for both sessions. This workshop also has a required $15 materials fee for each participant.

 

Kelly McCarthy is a clinical herbalist and educator who brings years of training and a deep love for accessible medicine to her work. She runs her own business, Attic Apothecary, based in West Philly.

Winterize your Garden w/ Hannah Slipakoff

Sun, November 19: 2PM – 4PM  |  5020 Cedar Ave

As the seasons change, days shorten, and temperatures drop, mid-November is a great time to holistically prepare your garden for winter. We’ll discuss strategies for season extension, over-wintering crops, weatherization, and more.

 

Hannah Slipakoff is Jewish Farm School’s Program Manager. She’s been engaged in community farming for over 10 years and currently manages the production garden at KleinLife JCC in Northeast Philadelphia.

Candle Making for Hanukkah w/ Hannah Slipakoff

Thursday December 7: 6PM – 8PM  |  5020 Cedar Ave

Prepare for Hannukkah with sustainability and self-reliance! Join JFS for an evening introduction to at-home candlemaking. We’ll use pure beeswax and all-natural supplies to create Hannukkah our very own set of Hannukah Candles.

 

This workshop has a required $15 materials fee for each participant. 

 

Hannah Slipakoff is Jewish Farm School’s Program Manager. She’s got a strong passion for Jewish Rituals rooted in nature and never turns down a chance to tap into sacred and ancestral art forms. 

Crop Planning for Garden Abundance w/ Hannah Slipakoff

Sunday December 17: 2PM – 4:30PM  |  5020 Cedar Ave

There are a few key winter planning activities that can help gardeners set themselves up for success in the spring. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make a 'crop map’ for your garden, a tool that can incorporate crop rotation, succession planting, and how to intercrop to get the highest yields out of your space. We'll also discuss how to use your crop map and simple research, to create a 'planting plan' that will help you determine when to plant your crops to make the most of your plot throughout the entire growing season. If you have a garden, bring a sketch of your intended planting space (with approximate dimensions) to create you individualized map and plan. No garden or experience is required to come and learn!

 

Hannah Slipakoff is Jewish Farm School’s Program Manager. She’s been engaged in community farming for over 10 years and currently manages the production garden at KleinLife JCC in Northeast Philadelphia.

 

Shtetl Skills workshops are co-sponsored by Kol Tzedek Synagogue and generously supported by the Natan Fund,

the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia,
and the Lisa and Maury Friedman Foundation.

 

 Learn about our past workshops.