A righteous man named Choni was journeying on the road and he saw a man planting a carob tree.
He asked him, “How long does it take for this tree to bear fruit?”
The man planting the tree replied, “seventy years.”
He then further asked him, “are you certain that you will live another seventy years?”
The man planting the tree responded, “I found mature carob trees in the world; as my forefathers planted these for me so I too plant these for my children”
–Talmud Bavli, Masekchet Ta’anit 23a
On February 20th Rabbi Sholom and some of his friends came to visit OKY to plant bare root fruit trees. We planted a Sierra Beauty Apple, Lovel Peach, and a Bartlett Pear. The trees will not bear fruit for a few years, but like the man from the story in Talmud Bavli we are planting the trees for those who will come after us, for campers to enjoy and learn from for years to come.
It was a blessing having Sholom and his cohort come visit the land and bring their enthusiasm and dreams. At first Sholom wasn’t going to come into the house to enjoy the tasty Mediterranean spread we prepared for lunch because the house didn’t have a mezuzah. As if by miracle, Persephone’s Mom, Robin, happened to have sent us a mezuzah from Israel just a few days before Sholom came. It worked out beautifully and we are all able to help raise the mezuzah with Rabbi Sholom’s blessing. Planting a perennial fruit tree garden and hanging a mezuzah are statements of camp’s long term commitment to OKY and the values kibbutz represents.
The week following Sholom’s visit has been spent cleaning up the garden: removing bolting kale plants, planting green house greens, cutting back cover crops, weeding, and moving strawberries. We are continuing to mulch and are able to use the manure dug up in the goat pen as mulch. On Friday we visited Foggy River Farm, the farm that we will be purchasing the goats from. Foggy River Farm is beautiful and the goats are coming from a loving and great home. It’s been fun taking down old fencing and battling the old barbed wire in preparation for their arrival.