Urban Adamah Announces Plans to Build Largest Urban Jewish Farm in the U.S.
Berkeley, CA – Urban Adamah, a Bay Area Jewish nonprofit, has signed a purchase agreement for a 2.2-acre parcel of land located in West Berkeley, CA, that will become the future home of its educational farm and community center. The purchase will allow Urban Adamah to expand its educational programs, create more community service opportunities and grow more fresh food for local families in need.
“This land is a dream come true,” says Adam Berman executive director and founder of Urban Adamah. “It’s incredibly rare for such a large undeveloped tract to be available in this city – let alone one with access to a restored creek, forest habitat and playing fields. It is an incredible opportunity for us and for the whole community.”
Founded in 2010, Urban Adamah is the first urban organic Jewish community farm in the United States. It currently runs its farm and educational programs on 1.25 acres of donated leased land at 1050 Parker St. in West Berkeley. The new campus will enable the organization to more then double its educational offerings, which include a residential fellowship for young adults, a summer camp, after-school programs, sustainability workshops and special events. The new site will also make it possible to increase the farm’s agricultural production nearly five-fold, to 50,000 pounds of produce annually. All of the produce grown on the Urban Adamah farm is donated to local food banks or through its weekly free-food farm stand, which it will continue to run at the new site.