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A harvest festival -- where else? On a farm

September 25, 2009 |  6:00 am


The Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot seemed like a good opportunity for people to make a direct connection to a farm. So Wilderness Torah, a Bay area organization, organized a three-day celebration.

"We are in a very profound time of change in the world and that change is related to ecological peril," said Zelig Golden, co-director of Wilderness Torah.


At the Sukkot on the Farm Festival, to be held the first weekend in October on an organic farm in Pescadero, the 112 people taking part will build a sukkah, the temporary dwelling used during the holiday for gatherings and meals.

The weekend also will include prayers, yoga, meditation and discussions. Golden said participants will learn about their spiritual connection to the earth and about being stewards of the earth.

The Sukkot celebration is sold out, but the group organizes other events, including a Passover in the desert.

-- Mary MacVean

(Photo of a sukkah courtesy Wildnerness Torah.)