The Farm at Eden Village
Eden Village Camp established the Farm at Eden Village in 2010, in partnership with the Jewish Farm School. Eden Village now runs the farm internally with a full farm staff. The Eden Village Farm team oversees the organic educational farm for the Summer program, develops our Jewish educational farm curriculum, and implements a variety of programs at Eden Village when camp is not in session.
The Farm at Eden Village is roughly 2 acres, with more than a ½ acre in vegetable production, and the rest in permanent raised-bed educational gardens. Its several elements include no-till raised beds, tilled production fields, a raised-bed, Jewish calendar garden with 12 crescent moon shaped beds outlined in stone; a medicine herb garden; a sukkah in the middle of the farm; inviting shade structures; and much more! In 2014, we grew over 3,000 pounds of organic produce for our dining hall and our local food pantry.
Our farm also includes a variety of animals, including two flocks of chickens, two milking goats, and bees, with expansion in the works for upcoming seasons. We use our eggs in the camp dining hall, and campers make our goat milk into cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. The “snack gardens” around each camp cabins offer a “vending machine in the ground” where campers can munch on perennial berries, cherry tomatoes, carrots and more.
In Fall 2010, we established our edible forest garden by planting 10 fruit trees alongside guilds of beneficial plants. In 2012 we established an orchard that now has over 70 fruit trees in it. It was dedicated in 2014 to the late and loved Jonah Adels, as it was Jonah who first conceived of the orchard and planted it’s first trees.
Our wonderful sister organization, The Jewish Farm School
The Jewish Farm School sprouted in 2006 from its founders’ vision of educational programs to help Jews reconnect with working the land and growing food. They are working towards establishing an accredited school for students seeking alternative modes of education in farming, animal husbandry, natural building and Jewish learning. It was JFS who helped us develop our farm site and farm-based programs.