Mitzvah Garden KC
From its very inception, the Mitzvah Garden was built around the principles of sustainability. We are an organic garden that undertands the importance of leaving the world a much better place than what we found. We encourage area landscapers to bring us their leaves for compost, maintain 3 bee hives that provide all of our pollination and have built and maintain a 6,000 gallon water capture facility. Just this year with the help of Kansas City Power & Light, we installed a solar array on our barn's roof that now provides all of our electricity needs.
We cleared a 1/2 acre of land with the help of a $5,000 grant from the Herman Levikow Foundation. We will be forever be grateful to Gayla Brockman and her father Richard for their vision and willingness to help our dream become a reality.
Tikkun Olan/Heal the World
The Mitzvah Garden KC has been one of the community’s best examples of adhering to the principles of Tikkun Olam and bringing the community together for the purpose of making our world a better place. This concept is the tagline emblazoned on our log, “It takes a garden to grow a community.”Type your paragraph here.
We added an orchard in 2014 through the generosity of J-Lead. The garden received a grant of $3,250 grant that allow us to extend the garden by an additional ¼ acre for the express purpose of establishing an orchard and blackberry patch. This expansion will mark the third major addition to the garden, expanding the operation from its original ¼ plot by an additional ¼ acre (2011) and the inclusion of a water capture facility (2013) that now has the ability to capture, retain and distribute 3,600 gallons of rain water.Type your paragraph here.
What We Grow
Our largest crops include onions, tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, lettuce, corn, kale. Mitzvah Garden KC has produced annual yields in excess of 10,000 lbs of produce all of which is given way to local food pantries such as Jewish Family Services (JFS).Type your paragraph here.
Feeding The Hungry
Mitzvah Garden KC has produced annual yields in excess of 10,000 lbs of produce all of which is given way to local food pantries such as Jewish Family Services (JFS). With the help of our many funders, sustainability and the concerns associated with our global/local footprint have been incorporated in garden since its inception.Type your paragraph here.
Ken Sonnenschein is the Mitzvah Garden’s lay educator. Ken has an extensive background in both gardening and Judaic studies and education and has developed numerous educational programs for garden visitors.
We literally grow community in our gardens which improves the health of our community while growing healthy and organic produce for those who are in need in our Jewish and secular communities. According to a 2011 Kansas Foodbank Survey,
45 percent of clients have had to choose between paying the mortgage or rent and buying food; 20 percent were late on the previous month’s mortgage and 13 percent said they currently had no place to live. Type your paragraph here.
The Importance of Volunteers
Volunteers are the life blood of the garden. On any given Sunday we will have anywhere from 10 to 20 volunteers working in the Garden handling all kind of chores such as planting, weeding, tilling, harvesting and delivering produce to local food pantries.
Congregation B'nai Jehudah
We cleared a 1/2 acre of land with the help of a $5,000 grant from the Herman Levikow Family Foundation. We will be forever grateful to Gayla Brockman and her father Richard for their vision and willingness to help make our dreams become a reality
As a result of the ingenious design of David Ruppel, the Garden imagined, designed, built and implemented a 6,000 gallon water capture system that captures and stores water from the roof. When needed, water is transported to the Garden through an elaborate drip irrigation system. Type your paragraph here.