Join our Giving Gardens Club!

Whether you’re a new or seasoned gardener, we want to support our food pantry clients, volunteers, and neighbors with home gardening resources and other food-related information.

Resources offered include seeds, seedlings, garden consultation and assistance, tool sharing, education, and leadership opportunities.

Fill out an application here!

Inquire further by contacting Carly at (248) 548-3663 or [email protected]

Volunteers distributing seedlings to food pantry clients

 

Volunteer at Giving Gardens- Sundays 10am-12pm, Wednesdays 9-11Aam.

  • Please RSVP by emailing [email protected]
  • Volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities are welcome!  (Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.  Our spaces are wheelchair-accessible.)
  • Come prepared:
    • Dress appropriately for the weather and for working with the soil.
    • Bring a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, and anything else you might need.
    • If you are unable to lift 20 lbs, have any medical issues, or other concerns, please let us know.
  • What to expect:
    • The type of work is dependent on the weather and time of season.  It can include planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, garden maintenance, and other projects.
    • We have bathrooms, drinking fountains, gloves, and tools on-site.
    • We promote a safe and inclusive space for everyone, including our food pantry clients.
    • Come ready to learn, meet other gardeners, and have fun!

Proud volunteers with their harvest

 

Monthly Workshops

Learn applicable skills and knowledge from experts in the fields of farming, Judaism, social justice, and environmentalism.  Our monthly workshops feature guest educators and themes tied to the Hebrew Calendar.  Follow us on facebook and sign up for our newsletter and we will keep you in the loop!

4/17/2018- Seed Packing 6-8pm- Help us package seeds to distribute to gardeners in our garden club.  Light refreshments provided.  Co-hosted by Repair the World!

4/22/2018- Garden Planning with Rick of Keep Growing Detroit 6-8pm- Plan your garden for the year!  Learn about site selection, what to grow when/where/how, and more from Rick of Keep Growing Detroit.  Bring a map of your site and get all your questions answered.

5/8/2018- All About Seeds- Seed Saving with Greg of Brother Nature 6-8pm- Gardening on a budget?  Interested in protecting rare and heirloom varieties of crops? Saving your own seed is a great way to keep yourself stocked with your favorite seed varieties year after year.  Greg of Brother Nature will teach us all he know about growing from seed and saving your own seed.

6/12/2018- Weeds, Pests, and Diseases with Andy of Fisheye Farms 6-8pm- Identify, address, and prevent issues with common garden weeds, pests, and diseases.  Andy will share sustainable practices and tools he uses to keep his produce healthy and beautiful at Detroit-based Fisheye Farms.

7/17/2018- You Can Eat That! Plant ID Walk with Carly of Yad Ezra 6-8pm- Get to know the plants in your backyard, back alley, and cracks in the sidewalk.  Many of these “weeds” are delicious and medicinal!  Learn to identify them and enjoy a tasting.

 

Participants at a workshop on mushroom log cultivation with guest educator Tess Burzynski of The Fruiting Body.

 

 

Educational Opportunities- Food, Environmentalism & Judaism

Join our teen leadership program with PeerCorps!

As a site for PeerCorps participants, highschool-aged mentors and middle school-aged mentees work and learn together about the work of Yad Ezra and Giving Gardens.  This program explores the intersection of Judaism, food justice, and food skills with field trips to Detroit, guest speakers, and personal development.  We are currently accepting participants for upcoming Fall and Spring semesters.  Email [email protected] for details.

Some of last year’s students discussing the history of farm work and Jewish ethics.

Are you a Jewish educator looking for an enriching and experiential field trip?  Bring your students to Giving Gardens at Yad Ezra and explore Jewish texts on relating to the land/the self/the other, connect growing food to addressing hunger, gain hands-on food skills, and more.  Contact us to hear about our various programs.

 

Host Classes, Events, and Giving Gardens Fundraisers at Yad Ezra

Yad Ezra is a learning lab for our food system- the network that brings our food from the ground to our plates.  Through our food pantry and Giving Gardens, we demonstrate each step of our food’s journey, from growing and harvesting to distribution.  We are the perfect site to hold your class on Jewish food, food justice, or land stewardship.

Interested in helping our project thrive?  Consider organizing a fundraising event with us!

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A group of Jewish religious school educators at a Federation class taught by Hazon: Detroit director Sue Salinger

Contact Carly Sugar at [email protected] or (248) 548-3663.