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Feasting and FastingThe History and Ethics of Jewish Food$
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Aaron Gross, Jody Myers, and Jordan D. Rosenblum

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479899333

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479899333.001.0001

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Ecological Ethics in the Jewish Community Farming Movement

Ecological Ethics in the Jewish Community Farming Movement

(p.273) 12. Ecological Ethics in the Jewish Community Farming Movement
Feasting and Fasting

Adrienne Krone

NYU Press

In the early twenty-first century, a number of Jews concerned about their increasing detachment from food production systems decided to reclaim an ancient Jewish agricultural past by growing their own food in community settings. On “Jewish community farms” today educators and farmers blend Jewish agricultural laws culled from biblical and rabbinic sources and contemporary sustainable agricultural science into a Jewish ecological ethic. This ethic gives their work common purpose even as each community farm develops independently. Drawing on ethnographic interviews conducted over three years at sixteen Jewish community farming organizations, this chapter contextualizes this ever-expanding movement of Jews who grow food and the relationships that they build with humans, plants, and animals in the process.

Keywords:   Jews, food, agricultural, Jewish community farms, biblical, rabbinic, ethic, ethnographic, animals

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