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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!”
“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.”
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.
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.