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February 9, 2018  RSS feed
Schools

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With help of Holocaust survivors, students tend garden


Holocaust survivors and students plant trees for Tu b’Bhevat. Holocaust survivors and students plant trees for Tu b’Bhevat. Two Holocaust survivors joined sixth-grade students at Hillel Academy to work in the school’s garden on Jan. 30 as part of the school’s open house program.

Together they planted parsley in the hydroponic garden installed by Tampa Urban Benefit Farms (Tub Farms), hoping it will be ready to harvest for Passover. In addition, they planted a tree in celebration of Tu B’Shevat.

“I had the joy of spending my morning with two Holocaust survivors (who asked to remain anonymous) as they spent time with the children and planted in the hydroponic garden,” said Tub Farm founder and Hillel alumni Nava Kirk. “I personally was so moved just to spend a little time with both ladies, who are as kind as can be.”

Hillel students have been planting in the garden and donating the produce since 2015. Originally, each class had 16 plants, which they monitored frequently. Crops have included cucumbers, Swiss chard, lettuce, squash, green beans and basil.


(L-R) Eduardo Kornworcel and Ezra Gamson in the garden. (L-R) Eduardo Kornworcel and Ezra Gamson in the garden. The garden can now hold close to 400 plants, said Kirk. Over the three years TUB Farms has worked with Hillel Academy, they have donated “hundreds of pounds of produce” to Meals on Wheels and Hillsborough County Family Partnership Alliance (HCFPA), which helps people in the dependency system, including foster parents and relative caregivers.

This year, donations are going to local Holocaust survivors as well. There are nine survivors who receive vegetables every two to three weeks, and there is enough food to support more, said Kirk.

For more information on the TUB Farms program, visit www.tubfarms.org or email tubfarms@gmail.com.



A Holocaust survivor plants parsley in the Hillel Academy tub farm. A Holocaust survivor plants parsley in the Hillel Academy tub farm.

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