Haredi hydroponics

Technology and sustainability meet at the Diaspora Yeshiva.

By JORDANA BENAMI
August 14, 2019 21:36
Haredi hydroponics

JACOB SCHONZEIT checks the roots of greens growing in the hothouse.. (photo credit: JORDANA BENAMI)

In the courtyard of a 2,000-year-old stone building on Mount Zion, a sign taped to a tiny black door announces the unlikely scene found within: The Diaspora Yeshiva Hydroponic Garden. 

Inside, two agronomists in white shirts and black kippot tend tiers of vibrant kale, basil and romaine lettuce. The strings of their tzitzit gently sway as they climb up and down, adjusting nutrient and pH levels, preparing new seedlings and checking lights and filters. 

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