Organic Farming Alternative Break in New Orleans

by Gerald Sorokin | Jan 23, 2013

Organic Farming Alternative Break in New Orleans

Jewish Farm School

TRIP DATES: March 10-17, 2013
COST: $550 + airfare

Applications are now available. Scroll down to apply!

The Jewish Farm School is dedicated to teaching about contemporary food and environmental issues through innovative trainings and skill-based Jewish agricultural education. JFS trains Jewish farmers, educators, and food justice activists, as well as inspires and supports Jewish agricultural education experiences for the broader Jewish community. 

The JFS Organic Farming Alternative Break is a weeklong farm-immersion experience. Working with the New Orleans Farm and Food Network, students will be volunteering at urban sustainable farms and community gardens in New Orleans. Over the course of the week, participants will learn a wide range of skills in sustainable and organic agriculture such as planting, harvesting, natural building and composting. To complement the physical work, participants will have the opportunity to engage in text study and discuss with experts, topics such as Jewish agricultural laws, the agricultural roots of the Jewish calendar, and global food security. They will gain exposure to the growing food justice movement, both within the Jewish and secular worlds.

For more information, please see our NOLA 2013 Alternative Spring Break Hand Out or visit JFS' FAQ page at You can also contact NC Hillel staff Amanda Gross ( or Ari Shapiro (

This Alternative Break is supported by Repair the World in partnership with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

For Applicants:

  • DEPOSITS: Please pay the $250 deposit for the trip, which is due within a week of submitting your application. Payments currently can be made by check and we will have an option to pay on our website soon. Checks should be made out to NC Hillel with your name and ASB in the subject line. Please mail checks to:
    • North Carolina Hillel
    • 210 West Cameron Avenue
    • Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516
  • SCHOLARSHIPS: If you would like to apply for financial support, please download and complete NC Hillel's Scholarship Fund Application. The application is available here.
  • REFER A FRIEND DEAL: Don’t forget that if you refer a friend who also goes on the trip, both of you will receive $25 off the cost of the trip. If you get multiple friends, you will receive $25 off per person that you recruit to go on the trip!! So if you get 3 friends to join you, that’s $75 off for you and $25 off for each of them!
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