Food Matters

Food Matters is an education and action campaign focused on the social and economic justice issues behind the food that we eat. Rabbi Toba Spitzer has said, “Judaism teaches that eating is a sacred act, and we want to look into what it means to honor both the earth and the human labor that goes into producing our food, and why it is that some of us have so much to eat, and others so little.”

Your can download a brochure on the Food Matters program at Dorshei Tzedek.

Food Matters’ Community Supported Agriculture partnership

Since 2010, Dorshei Tzedek has partnered with Red Fire Farm to serve as a “drop off site” during the Farm’s CSA season. CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, is a growing and inspiring alternative model of interaction between farms and consumers. Consumers join CSAs as members, and buy a “share” of the farm’s harvest at the beginning of the season. These memberships allow the farmer to pay for seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment and labor, and the consumer thus shares both the risk and the bounty of the growing season with the farmer. In return, the members get a weekly share of the farm’s harvest throughout the growing season. CSAs are a way to connect consumers with the source of their food, and to promote local, sustainable and organic agriculture.

If you are interested in purchasing a CSA share from Red Fire Farm as part of Dorshei Tzedek’s partnership, please email csa [at] dorsheitzedek.org. Shares are going fast, so act now!

Food Matters’ Participation in the New England Delegation for Farmworker Justice

In early 2010, Dorshei Tzedek joined the New England Delegation for Farmworker Justice, an interfaith coalition supporting the organizing campaign of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farmworkers’ rights organization in Florida fighting for decent working conditions in the Florida tomato fields.

Locally, CIW is targeting Ahold, the parent corporation of Stop & Shop and several other grocery chains, seeking to get them to sign an accord to push for more humane labor standards from their Florida tomato suppliers (including a zero tolerance policy for slavery), to pay a price premium for more fairly produced tomatoes, and to shift purchases to growers who meet those higher standards.

Dorshei Tzedek encourages its members and others to let Stop & Shop know that you support farmworkers’ rights and want them to meet with CIW’s representatives. We have also developed a Haggadah Supplement in this issue for the Passover holiday, drawing the connection between our obligation to remember the experience of our ancestors as slaves in Egypt and our responsibility to work for the freedom of all people from all types of enslavement and oppression. We encourage you to print it out and use it at the Passover seders you attend.