Naftali Ejdelman grew up in an unusual family. Growing up, he was required to speak Yiddish with everyone on his mother's side: brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. To this day, his Yiddish speaking family actively promotes Yiddish culture through academic work, poetry, journalism, education and activism. His grandfather and great-grandfather dreamed of founding an agricultural Yiddish speaking settlement. While in college, Naftali developed an interest in environmentalism and sustainable agriculture and took this dream into his own hands. He and his friend Yisroel Bas founded Yiddish Farm in order to create a pluralistic Yiddish speaking agricultural community.