Winter 2017 Shtetl Skills Workshops

All workshops are $10-$20 suggested donation. Nobody turned away due to lack of funds.

Planning your Garden for Spring w/Nicole Sugerman

This Workshop is Sold Out!

Sunday February 26; 1:00-3:00PM  |  5020 Cedar Ave.

In the winter, there are a few key planning activities that can help gardeners set themselves up for success in the springtime. In this workshop, we'll explain how to create a 'crop map' for your garden, including how to decide on a crop rotation, how to plan for multiple crops in one bed, and how to intercrop to get the highest yields out of your space. We'll also discuss how to use your crop map, along with a little research, to create a 'planting plan' that will help you determine when to plant your crops to make the most of your garden throughout the entire growing season. If you have a garden, bring a sketch of your intended planting space (with approximate dimensions) and we will plan hands-on crop maps for participants' specific spaces-- but no garden or experience is required to come and learn!


Nicole Sugerman has been a small-scale, organic-method farmer and farm educator for over ten years. She currently works as the co-manager of Guild House Farm, a project of Greener Partners in North Philadelphia. As GHF co-manager, she shares responsibility for all aspects of maintaining a half-acre production farm, a high tunnel, and a small fruit orchard. She also supports an onsite community garden and leads educational programming. Nicole is passionate about growing food as a mechanism for building community resiliency and strength.


Canning Workshop w/Ari Rosenberg and Drew Gold

Thursday March 2; 6:30-8:30PM  |  5020 Cedar Ave.

Come learn the basics of water bath canning in order to preserve the local harvest this summer and the less local citrus fruits of winter. During the class we will go over food safety, techniques for preserving different types of fruits and vegetables, and tips for proper storage. We will be making citrus marmalade and spicy pickled carrots that you will be able to bring home with you.


Drew Gold has a deep love for food, from growing, to cooking, to preserving, to storytelling. She has ten years of experience cooking and growing food with a strong focus on how our food systems play into social justice issues. She has experience running school gardens and small farms, cooking in restaurants, and teaching people of all ages how to grow, cook and preserve their own food. She feels that the kitchen, the garden, and the act of sharing food has great beauty and power in bringing people together. Drew has found a home and community in Philadelphia and is proud to be part of local efforts toward a more just food system. 


Ari Rosenberg is a passionate activist who is working to create a more just society through community action and organizing. She has been growing food for over 14 years in both rural and urban environments, and has been supporting urban youth in connecting with their food, gaining entrepreneurship skills and developing and enhancing leadership skills for over ten years. When not growing, cooking, or preserving food, you can find her biking or running around the city.




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.