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Saturday, March 19 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Soil and Soul in New Orleans: The Importance of Soil in Urban Farming and in Jewish Thought

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Becca Margolis started farming on some empty plots in the Lower Ninth Ward following her graduation from Tulane. While she had hoped to be up and running within months, she was stymied by the difficulties of creating just the right soil conditions for her plants. Farmer Becca will discuss the critical importance of healthy soil in farming and the story of her own urban farm, Okra Urban Gardens. Rabbi Gabe Greenberg has struggled to find healthy soil in Metairie, especially during the process of lead testing his lawn to ensure the health of his backyard chickens. Rabbi Gabe will introduce Jewish text that further underlines the centrality of soil in our lives.

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Gabe Greenberg

Gabe Greenberg is a Bostonian by birth, a Jew by heritage, a New Orleanian by choice, yet is trans-geographic in his soul.  Gabe studied at Yeshivat HaMivtar and the Pardes Institute in Israel, before returning to the states to study for his rabbinic ordination at Yeshivat Chovevei... Read More →

Becca Margolis

Becca Margolis is a graduate of Tulane who stayed in New Orleans to become an urban farmer. As the founder of Okra Farms, she has transformed nine abandoned lots into beautiful vegetable gardens in the Lower Ninth Ward that will supply organic produce to restaurants and farmers markets... Read More →

Saturday March 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Gates of Prayer -- Board Room 4000 West Esplanade Avenue South, Metairie, LA 70002