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With the help of some incredibly talented volunteers, we built a pergola that will serve as the frame for our sukkah during the holiday of Sukkot. During other times of the year, the structure will be converted into an outdoor kitchen area with rain barrels to catch rain water and hanging mesh for drying onions and garlic in the fall
And here is our sukkah! The walls are bed sheets that we dyed using Goldenrod flowers and black walnuts from our field.
SK students from Leo Baeck (North Campus) visited the garden to help us harvest the Atomic Red Carrots that they planted as JK students in the spring! Harvesting turnips!
We hosted our first ever Sukkot Celebration! Over 50 community members joined us to sing, study and enjoy a candle-lit vegetarian potluck dinner together in our sukkah.
With radical gratitude,
Risa Alyson Strauss (Kavanah Garden Program Director)
Oh alright, here are the real cabbages.
We've been working hard in the garden. There is Ron harvesting the cabbages.
Our young strawberry plants are really too new to put out much fruit. But Tamara certainly enjoyed our first and only strawberry of the season!
Not so far away thunder rumbled, lightening flashed. Maybe it won't rain. Please, say it won't rain. It rains, and it pours.
Seeking refuge in the greenhouse, in awe of one of the most violent storms in recent history (the CN tower was hit by lightening 5 times!), our cell phones began to ring; volunteers wondering if the day is canceled due to rain. First, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, then 45 minutes pass.
Excruciating indecision. Should we cancel the festival? Will anyone come after such rain? Will the 3 year old's rendition of "Mr. Sun" have some magical effect on the weather? Then, the rain began to lighten. Outside, we gazed up at the sky. Matti walked up the drive way to get a full view of the sky. The North East corner of the sky looked beautiful, sunny and blue. We took a vote, and decided to wait 30 more minutes, to see if the sun would clear.
And the rain stopped. The sky lightened. The clouds rolled away. We got back to setting up for the day, and volunteers and guests began to arrive. A hot, sunny, fun-filled day!
Children help look for ladybugs and other beneficial insects.
A boy holds a sunflower from the organic farmer's market.
Children make pickled dilly beans to take home using fresh, locally, organically grown beans.
Community members learn about the herbs growing at the
Kavanah Garden and harvest some for making fresh tea.
Children and volunteers hunt for worms in the vermicomposter.
The Tikkun Adamah CSA, in partnership with the Cutting Veg Organic Farm is going strong! Farmer Daniel Hoffman and his interns are providing CSA members with the freshest, localest, organicest produce around!
Weeding our Pe'ah bed where we've planted corn, beans, and squash (also known as the "Three Sisters" - a First Nations example of companion planting.)
Our first Patty Pan summer squash!!!
Discover how to turn your vegetable scraps, eggshells, and used napkins into nutrient-rich soil!
Sunday, June 28, 2009, 10am-12pm
Workshop will be held at the Kavanah Garden, located on Lebovic Campus Drive (west of Ilan Ramon Blvd.) The cost of the workshop is $20/person ($18/person for Tikkun Adamah CSA members).
Registration is mandatory. To register, please contact Risa Alyson Strauss at 416-805-8382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.