If you would like to visit the farm, meeting the farmers (and goats!), and experience the beauty of the Berkshires, there are three chances for you to do so outside of the regular retreats at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.
On Sunday, July 28th, bring your family to FARM DAY. This annual event gives you a taste of the farm between 11:00am and 4:00pm, including visiting the goats; making sauerkraut or pickles (for a fee); tying herb bundles; herding goats; swimming in the pool or lake; and many other activities. Registration is recommended, especially if you want to enjoy their vegetarian (and of course kosher) lunch, to ensure enough food is prepared.
Or you can come for one of two four-day FARM STAYs. These run Monday-Thursday of each week so you can be home for Shabbat, or optionally extend your stay to experience the open and egalitarian Shabbats at Isabella Freedman. One starts right after FARM DAY, running Monday, July 29 – Thursday, August 1, 2013, and if you want you can come for FARM DAY and stay through the vacation by adding a night to your stay. the other runs three weeks later, from Monday, August 19 to Friday, August 23, 2013.
Stay in the cabins, all meals (kosher, with vegetarian and vegan options, and very respectful of special dietary needs such as gluten- or nut-free) included, and choose what to do each day from a long list of options. These are all-ages stays, so bring the whole family and the kids can enjoy fun outdoor, Jewish, and environmental activities in Camp Teva with leaders Mat and Julie.
- Join goats, chickens, farmers, and friends for a firsthand experience of life on the farm.
- Lend a helping hand in the fields or the barnyard.
- Camp Teva: Torah & Outdoor Fun for Kids.
- Get to know where our food comes from and enjoy three farm-to-table meals each day.
- Spend the afternoon strolling our edible forest garden, boating, swimming, hiking, reading, relaxing, or visit one of the Berkshires’ many local cultural and natural attractions.
- Help us take care of our family of over 30 adorable goats and a flock of friendly chickens.
- Pick cucumbers and make your own pickles.
- Gather fresh herbs, harvest tomatoes, and make goat cheese.
- Help milk the goats, collect eggs, and learn about the magic of composting.
- Explore the Jewish environmental movement, New England permaculture principles, and the new Jewish food ethic.
- After dinner, watch a film about food and farming, join a campfire singalong, or simply stargaze by the lake.