On Wednesday 20th April…
We were delighted to bring together over forty young people and their families to enjoy a warm
Spring day at Sadeh – the only Jewish Community Farm in the UK. Children of all ages participated in a range of immersive learning and leisure activities across the 7-acre site whilst other visitors appreciated the chance for great KLP nosh from the KLBD café. Some snacking highlights included the toffee matzah, Reu’s orange polenta cake and herbal tea infusions, freshly-picked from the Havdallah Garden. Our young visitors particularly liked the home-style oven chips with roasted red pepper ketchup.
Everyone gathered around to see busy honeybees in a glass-fronted hive and hear about soil conservation from Sadeh’s educators. Thanks to the enthusiasm of our Matzah-ramble visitors, we now have over 150 seeds-sown into pots, almost ready to be placed into one our no-dig vegetable beds. Everyone was excited to see how their seeds grew over the coming weeks back home, we’re looking forward to hearing how they get on! We can look forward to seeing the dazzling orange-yellow petals of calendula by Summer, sprawling butternut-squash from saved-seed in Autumn and sweet tomatoes from next month. Guesthouse visitors who book for the coming months can look forward to other fresh produce such as cut-and-come-again salad, radishes, strawberries, mint, and apples to name a few.
Elsewhere on the day, children were hands-on with building solar models and toys, taking colourful bark rubbings, making their own leaf prints, scavenger hunting for nature clues and of course, feeding the chickens. The afternoon proceeded with a visit from a local animal rescue centre who brought along ducklings, rabbits and a Shetland pony, that proved to be a very popular guest. We also had Klezmer and Folk tunes played live by our friend Josh on the accordion, to enjoy whilst grandparents and grandchildren alike bumped along on tractor wagon rides. We were thrilled to receive so much positive feedback from the day and look forward to hosting more like it over the coming months!
Through events and activity days like this, Sadeh aims to engage a wide section of the Jewish community to share a site of unique educational, environmental and communal value. With a rich history of Jewish youth engagement here at Skeet Hill House, we hope to continue this legacy by inviting youth movements, cheders and other Jewish community organisations to join us in a partnership that deepens our commitment to outdoor learning and Jewish environmental education for all of the Jewish community.
We are now planning our next Activity Day for Sunday 3rd July – look out for further information online at or join the mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org