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Jewish Hazon community agriculture programme

Jewish Hazon community agriculture programme

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The word hazon is Hebrew for "vision." And the vision of Hazon in the US is to create "a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community - as a step towards a healthier and more sustainable world for all."

Hazon is a Jewish environmental organization based in New York but with a much wider remit. In 2004 it launched a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Programme called Tuv Ha’Aretz – which means “Good for the land and best of the land”.

It involves a synagogue or several synagogues entering a partnership with a local organic farmer, and committing to pre-purchase a share of the season’s produce. For the farmer this guarantees a market, for members this gives access to fresh, organic produce at affordable prices. In the wider context, it helps to preserve farmland, build community, and protect surrounding wildlife and water systems from pesticides. By early 2009 there were 32 Tuv Ha’Artez locations in the US and Israel.

In 2009 those sites will put more than US$1 million of Jewish purchasing power behind organic farms. One of the members of the Tuv Ha’Aretz programme in 2008 was Rahm Emanuel, now chief of staff to Barack Obama, President of the United States. Hazon also organises an annual Food Conference and a Jewish Farm school. It is looking to work with other faith traditions to establish faith-based CSAs in many more communities. Please contact them through www.hazon.orgif you are interested, or link to their website.

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