The heimish way

By PAUL FOER / JNS.ORG
October 4, 2012 11:30

At Adamah and Pearlstone, farming with other Jews is a heimish – but definitely not Amish - experience.




Jewish farming

Jewish farming 521. (photo credit: Paul Foer)

Nadav Slovin cultivates the fields of potatoes and other crops in the rural Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut. As he moves between the rows, he could be mistaken for an Amish farmer, especially with his reddish beard and straw hat. Then again, maybe he looks more heimish than Amish – especially when you notice the tzitzit protruding from his pants and the kippa beneath his hat.

The 22-year-old Slovin, raised in a Conservative Jewish home in Worcester, Massachusetts, is among a new breed of Jewish youth learning farming skills – as well as Jewish sensibilities and teachings – as a fellow with the Adamah Farm, a unit of the Isabella Freedman Center.

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