Shefa is a teen program on Abundance Farm in Northampton, MA, which offers learning and experience with farming, food justice, and community building. For those who are new to the Farm, the internship track introduces many of the skills it takes to run a one acre urban farm, and discusses the systems and structures that situate this farm within the larger food system. Interns will also practice self reflection and community building through games, workshops on identity and justice, and communication development. The apprenticeship track offers Shefa alumni the opportunity to build off of the farm skills they have learned in previous summers and practice teaching these skills to peers and community members. Apprentices will also be given training and opportunities to lead community building activities such as games, reflection times, and celebrations. Apprentices will receive training, support, and feedback as they develop as leaders throughout the session.
While Abundance Farm is a Jewish community project, this program is open to people of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds. We will be exploring farming, food justice, and community building through a Jewish lens, and we will also be exploring these topics through other lenses and other identities.
Shefa begins Summer 2018. Applications will be open and available here beginning in early 2018.
For more information, visit Shefa’s page on the Abundance Farm website.