An oasis of sustainability

A thriving little urban garden

It used to be just a tiny synagogue with an empty dirt yard full of construction debris. Until one day I passed and saw that someone has cleared the trash away and began to make rows for planting.

Ever since, I have seen them often. They are a lovely older couple that had taken over this desolate little plot and have made it green and thriving. They have planted greens, herbs, squash, tomatoes, and young trees. And they work there every day without fail.

I’m so grateful to these people. They have shown that no plot is too small to work; every bit of unused urban land can turn into a little island of sustainability. And it doesn’t even have to be your own land.

As Naomi of Bloomah’s City Farm writes,

“Though I live in a regular Beit Shemesh apartment, there are so many budding opportunities for me to farm. I farm on my kitchen windowsill, in my storage room, on my porch, in the yard I’m blessed to have, in my neighbor’s yard, in the open spaces that surround my neighborhood. I don’t need rolling green acres.”

Author: Anna

An Orthodox Jewish wife and mother enjoying a simple life with her family and chickens, somewhere in the hills, in Israel.

5 thoughts on “An oasis of sustainability”

  1. Some of our friends in Arad have done a similar thing around their apt bldg though I think most of theirs are simply pretty flowering plants of all sorts. It is somewhat catching as others are now beginning to do so too. A very nice idea to use the land for plants you can eat near the synagogue you mention!!

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  2. We have a fair amount of land, but are surrounded on three sides by woods. Between the shade and the wet ground, getting something to grow in well-nigh impossible. Eldest Daughter has a green thumb; she could probably grow cactus in this swamp!

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