Column: ‘Growing sausages’ and more in 2015 at Leichtag property

By Daron ‘Farmer D’ Joffe 12:21 P.M.JAN. 9, 2015

Farmers prepare a ‘soil sock’ farm at the Leichtag Foundation property on Saxony Road.
Farmers prepare a ‘soil sock’ farm at the Leichtag Foundation property on Saxony Road. — Photo courtesy of Joshua Sherman 

As the person in charge of agriculture innovation at the Leichtag Foundation property in Encinitas, I have two main goals: to grow as much healthy, organic food for the charitable food system as possible, and to demonstrate and educate the Jewish values that drive this mission.

And today, I’d like to speak with you about the miracle of sausages.

Let me explain. This year, as mentioned in my recent article, the farm at the Leichtag Foundation property is observing a Jewish tradition known as Shmita, the year of agriculture release. Shmita occurs every seven years, and for the remainder of the Jewish calendar year ending in September 2015, we must refrain from growing crops directly in the soil.

The key word here is “directly,” as according to these rules, we are still able to grow food above ground.

Read more here: http://www.encinitasadvocate.com/news/2015/jan/09/leichtag-foundation-growing-sausages-farmerd/