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The Motzi Fellowship

A week of farming and tikkun olam for rising 8th–12th graders, sponsored by WHC's TOV Fund, puts “farm-to-table” in a new light for teens.

During this one-week summer program, teens will spend their days working on a farm, whose vegetables are designated for local shelters. Their evenings will include social action projects to help them better understand issues of poverty, food instability, and economic justice. And in between, they will laugh, bond, reflect, and grow. Teens who participated in the inaugural Motzi Fellowship had great things to say:

“I got a feeling of satisfaction knowing the food we harvested would help others.” … “I exposed myself to a new experience and something I never thought I would do.”

Sample Itinerary

*This itinerary is not finalized and is designed to give a taste of what we are working on for this summer. A more detailed schedule will be sent to participants in advance of the program.

Monday
8:30 - 10:00 am: Introductory activity at JBSC - group building, goal setting, etc.
10:00 - 10:30 am: Travel to One Acre Farm
10:30 am - 2:30 pm: Basic introduction to the farm and farming. Start working.
2:30 pm: Depart farm
3:00 pm: Return to JBSC, students go home to clean up and rest
6:00 - 8:30 pm: Group dinner and social activity in Rockville
Tuesday
8:30 am: Meet at JBSC for transporation to the farm (bring a bag lunch)
9:00 am - 2:30 pm: Work on the farm
2:30 pm: Depart farm
3:00 pm: Return to JBSC, students go home to clean up and rest
6:00 - 8:30 pm: Students meet at JBSC for dinner and program on hunger in the D.C. area with a representative from Manna Food Center
Wednesday
8:30 am: Meet at JBSC/Temple for transportation to the farm (bring a bag lunch)
9:00 am - 2:30 pm: Work on the farm
3:00 pm: Return to JBSC, students go home for clean up and rest
6:00 - 8:30 pm: Students meet at JBSC for dinner and food packing program, including a discussion about the pros and cons of pre-packaged meals vs. fresh produce
Thursday
8:30 am: Meet at JBSC/Temple for transportation to the farm (bring bag lunch)
9:00 am - 2:30 pm: Work on the farm
3:00 pm: Return to JBSC, students go home for clean up and rest
6:00 - 8:30 pm: Students meet at Temple for dinner and to work with a professional chef to prepare food that will go to a local non-profit organization
Friday
8:30 am: Meet at Temple for transportation to site visits
9:30 am - noon: Visit partner agencies to deliver food prepared on Thursday to feed clients of local food programs
Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch in D.C.
1:00 - 2:00 pm: Meet with RAC Legislative Assistants who work on food justice and/or hunger issues to find out what policy work is being done to help/protect those in need
2:00 - 3:00 pm: Lunch and closing activity at Temple
3:00 pm: Program ends at Temple