The Pardes Brachot Community Orchard
To nourish and inspire our community for generations to come!
Sponsor a tree!
Your sponsorship provides fruit, shade, and wisdom for generations.
The Pardes Brachot Community Orchard Planting days are happening on May 12th and June 9th. See Spring Programs for more details. You can also share your blessings by offering a donation or sponsoring a tree. Help Eden Village Camp and Jewish Farm School feed the future!
Each tree will represent a distinct bracha (blessing), story, or teaching.
A diverse celebration! On the planting days, folks from Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and Renewal traditions will gather to plant the trees and learn.
100 trees and 100 blessings. Our sages say it’s a mitzvah to say 100 brachot per day. Each tree will carry a unique sign with a Jewish blessing — a traditional bracha, a Midrash story, or a quote from a contemporary scholar. Walking the orchard will be a portal into gratitude.
Beyond the birthday of the trees. The orchard will be experiential teaching space for the richness of trees in Jewish life and culture, from the Torah to the Song of Songs, from the greening of the desert in early Zionism to the contemporary Jewish environmental movement.
Design and planting of the orchard, and the corresponding curricula, will be supervised by arborists and Jewish Farm School educators. The orchard will nurture profound experiences via its outdoor classroom, meditation garden, sfirot garden, and seating for outdoor seders and holiday celebrations. Families can return over the years to prune, mulch, and enjoy the trees’ growth!
The Jewish Food Movement and Tikkun Olam. The orchard will demonstrate how we can sustainably provide fresh fruit for Northeast Jewish communities for much of the year. And it’s a powerful educator and community-builder!
Currently, the Farm at Eden Village is the only source of fresh produce for the Fishkill Food Pantry. We are forming relationships with nearby underserved secular schools. We stand with Hazon, AJWS and others in the Jewish Coalition for a Just Farm Bill. We have a number of fruit trees in our educational gardens, but scaling up to 100 trees will enable us to really provide for our communities, more meaningfully offer tzedakah and work towards food justice in our region.
Please join in by sponsoring a tree