Temple of Understanding celebrating our 61st Anniversary in 2021
Shani Mink (she/her) is the Executive Director of the Jewish Farmer Network. She currently resides on a farm on the East End of Long Island on Corchaug land.
Shani Mink is a seasoned farmer, experiential Jewish educator and the executive director of the Jewish Farmer Network. At the age of 18, Shani began her farming journey at Even’ Star Organic Farm while earning her degree in philosophy at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She has since studied at the Arava Institute, earned her permaculture design certificate at Hava V’Adam Eco-Education farm in Modi’in, Israel, worked as a farmer educator at Eden Village Camp, graduated from the Adamah Fellowship, spent time learning Torah in Jerusalem, and was part of the inaugural cohort of the JOFEE Fellowship. This last experience landed Shani as a farmer at the Pearlstone Center, where she managed annual production and the livestock operation for two years. Her work with the land has deepened her spiritual path, and the wisdom of the Jewish tradition has lent endless meaning and intention to her work as a farmer. Shani’s desire to share the depth and beauty of the connection between farming and Judaism led her to co-found the Jewish Farmer Network with SJ Seldin in 2017. The cultivation of this network is Shani's proudest accomplishment to date.
"Jewish farms are booming. Now the farmers want to grow their community,"
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https://www.jta.org/2021/02/24/culture/transgender-jews-are-finding-a-safe-haven-in-an-unexpe cted-place-the-farm"Jewish Farmer Network embraces tradition,"
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