On April 2, many of our 6th-11th graders in JewCCY joined forces with BBYO to participate in JServe Day. JServe Day is an international day of community service run in conjunction with BBYO and several other non-profit organizations. This year, Jewish teens from the New Orleans area went to Our School at Blair Grocery in the 9th Ward. Our School at Blair Grocery is a non-profit urban farm that educates the community about sustainable growth and supplies vegetables to local groceries and restaurants.
While there, our teens got a lesson in urban farming from Nat Turner, Founder and Director of Pedagogy, before helping in the goat pen, bringing trash to the compost piles, weeding the plant beds, and enjoying fresh Russian kale and carrots pulled straight from the ground. It was a humbling and gratifying experience, and we thank all from JewCCY and BBYO who came and volunteered.
To learn more about Our School at Blair Grocery, please visit schoolatblairgrocery.blogspot.com.