Vivian Stadlin co-directs and serves as "Camp Mom" of Eden Village Camp, the Jewish organic farm-to-table sleepaway camp located 50 miles north of NYC.
On Sunday, October 13, 2013, about fifty people of all ages - families from Hannah Senesh Day School in Brooklyn - journeyed up to Eden Village Camp to plant an Edible Forest Garden! After an opening of song and story that framed our day in yiddishkeit and permaculture, some folks dug in, literally, digging post holes for the new fence to protect the forest garden. Others planted rows of dwarf asian peaches, plum trees and chestnuts. In the closing, many kids, adults and staffers shared highlights from the day - funny, meaningful and delightful. People were proud to be contributing to organic local produce that they know will be partly donated, used as a teaching tool, and enjoyed by young people for years and years.
This Edible Forest Garden was the vision and labor of love of longtime Eden Village staffer and dear friend Jonah Adels, who for three years poured his heart into making Eden Village a transformative and inspiring place.
A few days before this event, he passed away after being in a coma for several months from a car accident.
Carrying forward Jonah's work is one of my deepest hopes and commitments. Working to grow his garden, and making it possible for many others to do so as well, was a powerful enacting of his memory. I hope to host many more similar events.