I am a Boomer with no farming experience. Once, in Los Angeles, I bought a red pepper plant and after picking the red pepper that came with the plant – was annoyed when new peppers came in green. I thought someone had tricked me. How should I know red peppers start out green?
I am also an anomaly among American Jews as I don’t feel quite right unless I belong to a synagogue; I may not go weekly, or be heavily involved, but that synagogue membership anchors me as a Jew.
So this is my personal background as I made a visit to Urban Adamah in Berkeley, CA. I went because I’m a big fan of UpStart, which helped UA launch itself. I love what young Jewish people are doing to refashion Judaism in ways that are meaningful to them, outside of traditional Jewish venues such as synagogues and JCCs. I love their passion and energy and understand they are the future of Judaism. Still, a farm….Old MacDonald with a yarmulke? I didn’t really see the point of it all – until I went there.