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WHAT WE DO : Multi-Faith Earth Stewardship

Plant

Netiya’s flagship program provides seed capital, educational programming, technical assistance, and capacity building to install kitchen gardens and kickstart food production on underused lands throughout the faith sector to grow community food sovereignty in LA County.

Just Food & Garden Program

We also provide optional maintenance services to ensure gardens thrive and are in the process of launching an urban farm as a hub for all Netiya programming.

Teach

DIY-YID encompasses Netiya’s immersive, information, educational offerings. Seedlings Sprout! Parent & Me Urban Homesteading Workshop Series connects our youngest learners to food gardens and food justice.

This program encompasses Netiya’s eight earth-based educational workshops, our experiential workdays, and lecture offerings at faith-based organizations as well as our community harvest events and holiday rituals.

Seed

Netiya’s Life Cycle Project curates locally-grown, non-GMO plant-based centerpieces and altar decorations for your Life Cycle events. “Gardening the Soul” Women’s Circles meets monthly.

Netiya’s Life Cycle Project

“Gardening the Soul” Women’s Circles

Click here for more info on Netiya’s efforts to tackle Food Waste at faith-centers in LA
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What They Say

“I want to thank Netiya for all that it does for the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles. As Manager of the MEND Food Bank in Pacoima, I can trace my roots in food justice, gardening and healthy eating to influence from Netiya, which opened doors to the UCCE Master Gardener’s Program and the AmeriCorps VISTA program and which led to my present position at Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND). Netiya’s dedication to educating and supporting people to better feed themselves, to better care for themselves and its ability to motivate and spur change is truly appreciated.”

“We began our work with Devorah and Netiya four years ago when we discussed a desire to green our only outdoor patio. Both Sinai Akiba Academy (now Alice and Nahum Lainer School) and Sinai Temple were eager to find ways to bring some gardening projects to our urban setting. We have found a tremendous partner in Netiya. Devorah and her team have helped us plant an orchard of twelve fruit trees that our community maintains and shares the fruits within and around the community. With new inspiration, we then began to think about planting herbs and other food, and over the course of the last year in both middle school elective courses and after-school enrichment, we have replaced thirsty annual plants and weeds with lettuces, strawberries, kale, chard and herbs for Havdallah. Netiya has shared their expertise and passion for gardening and amazing earth-based Torah that has enlivened our community’s spirit and strengthened our collective green thumb!”

Rabbi Andy Feig, School Rabbi, Alice and Nahum Lainer School

“I’m a tremendous fan and supporter of Netiya and their Seedling Sprout programming for children and families.  We do what we can for our children in terms of urban gardening, exploring nature, and composting at home.  While what we do on our own is wonderful, it’s been a beautiful experience to take my daughters to such a magical garden setting with other children to see and learn new things in the garden and with other families.  In these classes, I can step back and let other adults and children lead the lesson.  Seedling Sprout reinforces so many Jewish and personal values that are important to us: respect for nature and all things living (even worms), hard work, patience, curiosity, trying new things, and each class really is so child-focused and celebratory about whatever new task is at hand in the garden that day.  It’s a joyful way to spend the morning or afternoon.  It’s also been a really wonderful activity to share with other families we know but usually only see at school.  Many families we’ve referred to the program may or may not be inclined to get their hands dirty at home, so very much appreciate the opportunity to hold a chicken, plant seedlings, pull up potatoes or study a worm under a magnifying glass – all it takes is showing up with their child.  The relaxed atmosphere is rare for a children’s class in LA.  I can’t recommend this warm, thoughtful and nurturing program highly enough, no matter your level of garden experience or faith.”

Melissa Kahn Wilkenfeld,
Milken Community Schools is grateful for our successful service experiences with Netiya. Our students have planted food sources in food desert areas of Los Angeles. They harvested food and delivered it to local food pantries. Netiya offered meaningful educational programming to accompany this service, bringing Jewish and humanitarian lenses to the tasks at hand. The organization is a wonderful service learning partner for us. Devorah Brous is passionate about her sacred work and is able to share that and inspire our students to live our school motto of “taking positive action” in the world. We look forward to a “growing” relationship with Netiya and “reaping” the benefits together of a better world, led by our youth.
Milken Community Schools,

“Seedlings Sprout! has been a cherished and valuable resource for me and my two daughters. It allows them the opportunity in a fast-paced city to slow down and connect with their senses, their curiosity and with nature. It has given me the chance to reflect on my parenting practices- particularly ways to foster my children into becoming stewards of our city and planet. This has been the most unique parent-child class I have attended, and has offered the most opportunities for lasting impact for our family. Thank you, Devorah!”

MARISSA NADJARIAN,

“My family and I love connecting to the earth and each other by enjoying a tranquil Sunday morning in the garden with Netiya! It has helped us to take time and appreciate the gifts of nature in an otherwise busy and rushed culture. It integrates sensory stimulation with spiritual reflection, all while reinforcing Jewish and universally-valuable lessons of stewardship and kindness to the earth and each other. The community service aspect of volunteering to garden in a food desert is also a unique and very important part of the program. I wish other children’s classes would promote social awareness the way Netiya does. Needless to say, I think this program would enrich any family’s life, no matter their background or experience with nature!”

TAMARA VANDENBROUCKE,

“I am blessed each time I take part in anything involving Devorah and her work with Netiya. From Netiya’s work for food justice and the urban garden movement, and the work with Seedlings Sprout! that opens my children’s eyes to nature and the world in constantly new ways, to the newMOON monthly Women’s Circle where each of us, young and old, hold space and solidarity for the others. Through this unique programming, I feel enriched and gain a deep appreciation for Jewish teachings, culture and values. I am not a Jew and yet, I have been welcomed. Welcomed to learn. Welcome to experience. Welcome to share my spirit and sense of purpose. Through all of these things, I learn so much that enriches life for my whole family. I feel my sense of purpose come alive knowing that I am making a difference in the world, being part of that light in the darkness.”

MARIAH AESCHLIMANN,

“I’m a tremendous fan and supporter of Netiya and their Seedlings Sprout! programming for children and families.  We do what we can for our children in terms of urban gardening, exploring nature, and composting at home.  While what we do on our own is wonderful, it’s been a beautiful experience to take my daughters to such a magical garden setting with other children to see and learn new things in the garden and with other families.  In these classes, I can step back and let other adults and children lead the lesson.  Seedlings Sprout! reinforces so many Jewish and personal values that are important to us: respect for nature and all things living (even worms), hard work, patience, curiosity, trying new things, and each class really is so child-focused and celebratory about whatever new task is at hand in the garden that day.  It’s a joyful way to spend the morning or afternoon.  It’s also been a really wonderful activity to share with other families we know but usually only see at school.  Many families we’ve referred to the program may or may not be inclined to get their hands dirty at home, so very much appreciate the opportunity to hold a chicken, plant seedlings, pull up potatoes or study a worm under a magnifying glass – all it takes is showing up with their child.  The relaxed atmosphere is rare for a children’s class in LA.  I can’t recommend this warm, thoughtful and nurturing program highly enough, no matter your level of garden experience or faith.”

MELISSA KAHN WILKENFELD,

“We believe children need a connection with nature in order to be whole.  The Netiya Torah Gardening Program not only affords our preschoolers with a chance to become gardeners and see what their hands can grow, but also how growing and being a steward of the earth is a fundamentally Jewish ideal.  This program has engaged and excited our children.  They go home and tell their parents all they have learned about worms and seeds, composting and recycling.  This will insure that as they grow, so too will their capacity to become caretakers of the planet.”

JANE ROSEN, Director of Early Childhood Education, Ikar

“We began our work with Devorah and Netiya four years ago when we discussed a desire to green our only outdoor patio. Both Sinai Akiba Academy (now Alice and Nahum Lainer School) and Sinai Temple were eager to find ways to bring some gardening projects to our urban setting. We have found a tremendous partner in Netiya. Devorah and her team have helped us plant an orchard of twelve fruit trees that our community maintains and shares the fruits within and around the community. With new inspiration, we then began to think about planting herbs and other food, and over the course of the last year in both middle school elective courses and after-school enrichment, we have replaced thirsty annual plants and weeds with lettuces, strawberries, kale, chard and herbs for Havdallah. Netiya has shared their expertise and passion for gardening and amazing earth-based Torah that has enlivened our community’s spirit and strengthened our collective green thumb!”

RABBI ANDY FEIG, School Rabbi, Alice and Nahum Lainer School

“Milken Community Schools is grateful for our successful service experiences with Netiya over the years. Our students have planted food sources in food desert areas of Los Angeles. They harvested food and delivered it to local food pantries. Netiya offered meaningful educational programming to accompany this service, bringing Jewish and humanitarian lenses to the tasks at hand. The organization is a wonderful service learning partner for us. Devorah Brous is passionate about her sacred work and is able to share that and inspire our students to live our school motto of “taking positive action” in the world. We look forward to a “growing” relationship with Netiya and “reaping” the benefits together of a better world, led by our youth.”

CAROLYN CAMRAS, Milken Community Schools

JOIN US

Are you passionate about gardening, nutrition, and community food security? Does understanding where food comes from impassion you? Do you want to roll up your sleeves, and grow food for a great cause? Join Netiya at experiential workdays at congregations in underserved neighborhoods.

Or, lend a hand making Life Cycle farm basket centerpieces, or organizing one of our workshops. E-mail info@netiya.org and let us know your volunteer interests!

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