Farming and Greening at Eisner Camp

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“You shall love your fellow neighbor as you love yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18)

New to Eisner Camp this summer, we are proud to be partnering with a fantastic organization called Amir. The Amir Project uses experiential environmental education, to teach youth about social justice, poverty, and the environment through Jewish values and community building. Amir’s overall mission is to build a world that is environmentally conscious and socially just.

amir 5Through our partnership with Amir this summer, we will offer an expanded agriculture and farming program for our campers. With five different planned gardening plots, our farming chug, or elective, will give Eisner campers many opportunities to get their hands dirty and learn through working in the garden. The main garden is being planted now with crops, by Eisner Camps farmer, and other staff members,  when the campers arrive they will be able to see what a functioning garden really looks like, and then have the chance to build their own. Campers will not only learn about how important sustainable resources are to our future, but also how important agriculture is in Jewish tradition. We will also have a strong emphasis on nutrition and food, campers will learn  where their food is really coming from. Additionally Eisner Camp will be working with a local food bank, so that once camp is over in August, the crops won’t go to waste. The local food bank will tend the crops after the summer, and use the produce to feed people in the community.
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Eisner Campers will plant, tend, till and watch our gardens grow. This experience will cultivate a more aware camp community, around issues of the environment, greening, farming and tikkun olam.  By engaging our campers in this important project this summer, campers, staff and alumni will feel the benefits for many years to come. The Amir partnership is just one more way campers and staff are able to live our camp’s mission each day.  The Eisner Camp mission statement reads, “Lo Alecha Hamlacha ligmor, v’lo atah ben chorin, l’heetbatel mimena, you are not required to complete the work, nor are you free to ignore it.”

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