This Tu B’Shvat, Meet FIG

This Tu B’Shvat, Meet FIG

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Paz, FIG, food integrated gardens

Tu B’Shvat Sameach, glad birthday, and glad new 12 months to the bushes! I write this from my farm in Ein Kerem, within the Jerusalem Forest, because the bushes awaken from dormancy. The almond flowers are showered throughout the panorama – a Matisse portray of pinks and whites dotting the hills. The first indicators of Spring. 

As the outer panorama awakens from her slumber, our interior panorama does the identical. All organisms are affected by this stirring, this emergence from hibernation – bacterial, plant, human…even organizations! This Tu B’Shvat, I’d prefer to introduce you to FIG (Food Integrated Gardens), my permaculture schooling, consultancy, design, and landscaping enterprise.

Permaculture is a holistic environmental design system the place we draw inspiration from patterns in nature to create purposeful design. Check out for those who’re in search of help in designing a panorama that is filled with plant-food, plant-medicine, and options that heal and regenerate the earth, as a substitute of depleting it. At FIG, we’ve labored on unimaginable tasks, each in Israel and overseas, from conception and design, by way of set up. Seeing our shoppers’ concepts come to life, from dream to actuality, is my favourite a part of the work. 

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FIG can be a non-profit. We tackle environmental, social, and non secular wants by way of instructional applications, workshops, retreats and festivals. Our instructional applications embody a Shmita Permaculture Design Course (subsequent one begins February twenty second till March twenty second – extra data here!)  apprenticeships, gardening applications, farm excursions,  youth-at-risk programming, and workshops. 

We additionally convene six annual competition gatherings (Elul, Tu B’Shvat, Yom Kippur Chanukah, Pesach and Shavuot). These occasions are set in nature and join contributors to the Earth, to deep, joyful, embodied Jewish apply, and to 1 one other. Each occasion culminates in a group work day and tangible, lasting permaculture mission.

Gatherings happen at Har Hayot, our farm and residential base, on 60 dunams (15 acres) of land in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. Our permaculture farm is a residing mannequin of tips on how to create a resilient panorama nourished by agricultural Jewish roots. We apply regenerative agriculture and have established a drought-tolerant meals forest as an out of doors classroom. Our free-ranging goats and donkeys forestall forest fires and our honeybee hives guarantee strong pollination. Through our applications, Har Hayot is changing into a inexperienced gathering level for urban-dwellers, a group useful resource, and a supply of inspiration, non secular renewal, well being, and creativity in Jerusalem.

Our subsequent occasion, going down this Friday, is our Tree Faces Tu B’Shvat Festival. As of this writing, tickets are nonetheless obtainable. I shall be main a tour of the meals forest on the farm, the place we are going to plant native, heirloom crops and fruit bushes. We will make and plant seedballs, apply respiratory tree meditation and Chi Kung, study some Tu B’Shvat torah, dance, sing, and draw together with unimaginable native musicians, DJs, artists, and dancers. We’ll get pleasure from scrumptious sizzling meals and an elixir bar stocked with particular natural winter treatments to maintain us wholesome and important.

Can’t make it to the occasion however nonetheless wish to help a greener, extra sustainable Jerusalem? Sponsor a tree! We are buying solely native heirloom bushes and companion crops, which act collectively kind guilds, the premise of our meals forest. A meals forest is a various planting of edible crops that makes an attempt to imitate the ecosystems and patterns present in nature. It includes a synergistic design during which the assorted layers of the forest work in concord to advertise soil well being, clear air, water retention, biodiversity, and habitat for species. With the assistance of our goats and donkeys, our meals forest even acts as a bulwark towards forest fires. It additionally fights local weather change, drought, and flooding. Lastly, the meals forest produces ample, native, scrumptious meals! It gives its personal pest management, creates its personal fertilizer and protects itself from pernicious climate. You can sponsor a tree for your self, for future generations, or in honor or reminiscence of a beloved one (we’ll e-mail them to allow them to know).

The bushes shall be planted on our farm, Har Hayot, within the Jerusalem Forest, on February tenth.

This Spring, as we emerge from a season of inward orientation, I hope to fulfill and join with you. Whether in particular person, on the Tu B’Shvat occasion, or on-line, by sponsoring a tree, we’d like to companion with you. To hear about future FIG happenings, be a part of our mailing list

On behalf of FIG, I’m wishing you a fruitful season. Keep connecting to your roots and harvesting fruits!

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