שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten, are really taken with our שְׁמִיטָה (Sh’mitah- agricultural sabbatical year). This week we introduced a new set of principals that apply to שְׁמִיטָה (Sh’mitah- agricultural sabbatical year). הֶפְקֵר (Hefker), for our purposes, this means that anything growing in the fields in the שְׁמִיטָה (Sh’mitah- agricultural sabbatical year) year belong to anyone who needs it. We started out by hearing a story about a family in a town called Hefkerville, it was the שְׁמִיטָה (Sh’mitah- agricultural sabbatical year) year and they needed some food. They went to the farm, saw that the gates were open. They went to get just the food they needed, this way there would be food for other families and food wouldn’t get wasted.
We heard that anyone who needs food should come and get just what they need, but how do we know how much we should take?
These children decided how many people were in their families and how much food it would be okay to take. It was really cool to see how kind everyone was being while making sure that there would be food for every family.
One of the features of our building this week, was showing ways that people would know that food is accessible to them.
This child spent a long time thinking about how to access the food if the farm has automated features. How might it be possible to show that the gate is open if it might not look like it is? They finally decided that the farm has a sign with instructions for how to get into the field.
Here, the gates have been removed so people going by know that they can get food from the field:
In the second half of the week we started thinking about how the principles of הֶפְקֵר (Hefker) might work for a town. We talked about what kinds of people might be in the town and what kinds of places a town needs, then we started building. The town ended up with 3 farms and a forest, this way people could get food from the fields and also forage for things like mushrooms in the forest. There were signs letting people know that food was available on the farms and one of the farms needed reservations, so that when someone showed up, they would know there was food available.
Looking forward to seeing how we continue to kindly collaborate!