Urban Adamah, a Bay Area nonprofit Is Planning the Nation's Largest Urban Jewish Farm

May 28, 2013

Source: The Jewish Week


Urban Adamah, the first urban organic Jewish community farm in the United States, announced today that the Berkeley, California nonprofit has purchased a 2.2-acre parcel of land that will expand its educational programming and outreach. The $2.1 million purchase in west Berkeley will allow Urban Adamah to more than double its educational offerings, which include a residential fellowship for young adults, a summer camp, after-school programs, sustainability workshops and special events.


The new campus will increase the farm’s agricultural production by nearly five times to 50,000 pounds of produce annually. All of the farm’s produce is donated to local food banks at Urban Adamah’s weekly free-food farm stand.


From the time it was founded in 2010, Urban Adamah designed its farm to be completely mobile, using the 1.25 acres of donated leased land as a jumping-off point for a bigger farm in the future. With that in mind, Urban Adamah is prepared for the logistics involved in transitioning the chicken coop, greenhouses, plant beds, and the rest of the farm to the new site.


Urban Adamah is an educational farm and community center in Berkeley, California, that integrates the practices of Jewish tradition, sustainable agriculture, mindfulness and social action to build loving, just and sustainable communities.


They provide educational programs and community celebrations for more than 5,000 visitors a year, as well as a residential fellowship program for young adults that combines organic farming, progressive Jewish living and social justice. Urban Adamah also offers innovative, farm-based programs for school-age children. Their organic farm produces a diverse yield of crops, all of which is donated to the local community through food banks and their weekly Free Farm Stand.


Read the article in the Jewish Week.

Updated: Jun. 04, 2013