Ma’aser at the Redwood Empire Food Bank

The Jewish harvesting law Ma’aser requires farmers to donate a minimum of 10% of their harvest to those in need. Yesterday I had the pleasure of donating 67 lbs of squash and zucchini to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa.

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It feels like a great way to enter the new year by donating three big bins of food to the local food bank. This time last year the OKY garden was 1/4 of the size it is now! Amazing progress thanks to the many hands that came together to build, learn, and love throughout the year and this summer.

After all my reflecting and meditating on Yom Kippur, the fast was just another way of reminding me of the importance of food in our lives and the deep connection we have to the world around us. May this year be a year of awareness and gratitude for all!

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