We are planning to draw up, revise, and finalize a seven year plan in preparation for the shmita year to begin during the High Holy Days. The plan will start with the BJ Environmental Advocates and involve engagement with the teens, the Executive Director, and Operations team.
We hosted our fourteenth annual community Tu B'Shevat Seder, which was well-attended virtually in January, and had the participation of our Religious School.
The preschool hallway most likely needs plants that thrive in very very low and indirect light for them to grow successfully. We would like to have plant growing/observation tables where, after kiddos initially pot plants, they can observe and study their continued growth/progress. This way the plants and their care can be continually incorporated into the daily classroom curriculum. -In addition we are in the process of creating an indoor hydroponics garden. In order to have the hydroponic grow towers sent and activate our partnership with Lettuce Grow Farm stands, we need to be able to purchase indoor grow lights to make the veggie tower growing successful. Once the lights have been ordered LG will send us a Farm Stand, plant seedlings/starters for a year and the required nutrients to maintain their continued health.
A centered raised garden bed will be a Holocaust Memorial Daffodil Garden in partnership with the Daffodil project. The bed will have formal borders with a dedicated plaque. The number of daffodils will range from 500 - 750. A donor has been found to match and possibly double the daffodil project’s 250 bulb donation. The bed will also include other edible herbs and perennial plants good for pollinators to act as the beginning of a front lawn community garden. There has been a gardener out to survey and we will get a bid and a rendering of the finished project from him as well as a few other companies. We will select the best and most cost competitive. I will put together a presentation for the preschool and congregation families to ask for funding late May - early July. The bed should be built early August so we can begin planting at the end of August/ beginning of October. One idea for fundraising is to offer mini home daffodil kits to families giving at a higher rate. I will also begin calling local businesses for donations for an online preschool auction to run during the fundraising window. All proceeds will benefit the front lawn garden bed and the garden/outdoor projects.
The preschool would like to prepare the outdoor garden for replanting this year. We need to evaluate what worked and what didn’t as well as utilizing labeling and grid planting this year to remain more organized. There should also be more information typed up and posted as to watering amounts and times for different areas of the garden as well as weeding and other care required to teach staff and kiddos how to help the garden thrive. Chore or garden responsibility charts should also be created for each class according to ability level and age. All of the garden projects should be documented through photos and uploaded to social media as well as in google slides titled ‘the garden pt 2’.
We would like to see fruit trees planted in front of the preschool/Mizel front lawn wood fence. Possibly an apple, pear or peach tree would be nice. This would be a preschool family/teacher project. It would allow cross pollination with the fruit trees that are already there and be an extention of the outdoor preschool garden.
We had a caterer facilitate an event on teaching our participants on how to avoid food waste. She was in someone's kitchen and went through their kitchen and pantry and showed how they could re-purpose food into new meal ideas. The idea was to show how to turn leftovers that might otherwise be thrown away into new food ideas.
During 2020, we anticipated on opening our newly renovated Berman Remembrance Center to host Shiva and Unveiling services for families and loved ones who are unable to provide these services in their home and would prefer a more intimate environment than a restaurant. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to provide these services. With the release of the vaccine, we are hopeful our event space will be available to finally service the Jewish Community as we originally envisioned. This space will be considered Hazon sustainable by using compostable plates, cups, and silverware. A food composting service, like Pink Elephant, will also be utilized for composting after events. Additionally, we would like to offer a food donation service to our patrons who do not wish to keep their remaining food items upon completion of their service.
Critically investigating our current waste disposal process (trash, recycling, compost) on-site. Revamping procedures and creating new policy around waste diversion practices.
A commitment to educating ourselves to the local waste disposal procedure so that we can educate our co-working and wider community through programming, social media posts, and on-site signage. Through these efforts we hope to lead by example and inspire others. We will provide the knowledge and tools for others to participate in proper waste disposal and diversion not only at the Leichtag Commons Property/Coastal Roots Farm but also in their own personal efforts.