Jewish Community Gardening Resource Manual

Pearlstone Center. Accessed November 30, 2017.
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“The Jewish community garden is a hands-on classroom to teach about Judaism’s relationship to creation.” This 70-page document is the culmination of a three-year grant project that established community garden programs at eight Baltimore area Jewish institutions. It provides step-by-step instructions on establishing a community garden, from initial readiness and resource assessments, to design, planting and ongoing care. True to the project’s educational mission, the authors, who are Pearlstone Center gardeners and educators, share insights and offer curriculum resources throughout. A “spotlight” section features stories on the garden projects. A resource page provides links to further information. The manual is woven through with connections to Jewish “ritual, blessings, liturgy, holidays and mitzvoth.” Its goal is to inspire and equip every Jewish community to take up gardening. While written from a Jewish perspective, this beautifully designed work could be of use to anyone exploring the religious and practical aspects of gardening.