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CBE Vegetable Garden

Join us for this community project!  We always need volunteers to plant, weed and water.  Write to Emil to volunteer (

Midsummer 2020 Update


The summer season is passing quickly, and the veggie garden continues to grow with lots of help from Nyanna Tobin and Gary Budiansky.

The lettuce is all done, as is most of the kale, but we are in bean season now. We have two types of beans growing: Maxibel Haricot Vert (green beans), and Dragon's Tongue (purple striped beans). They are both absolutely delicious fresh off the plant, and the purple Dragon's Tongue beans are beautiful. If you happen to be at the garden in the next couple of weeks, take a peek under the bean plant leaves and see if there is a bean there ready for you!

The pace of the garden produce will pick up again in a couple of weeks. The eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes all are starting to get bigger these days. Soon we should have many fresh tomatoes, both the sweet cherry type and big red Italian heirlooms.

We'll keep you posted once the tomatoes are ready for harvesting. Until then, check out this recipe for tomato & cucumber salad, one of the essentials of the Israeli kitchen, and especially good with breakfast!


Spring 2020 Update


Back in early Spring, we decided to bring the CBE veggie plot back to life. We pulled all the huge weeds out of the garden beds at the top of the hill near the CBE entrance. We patched the fencing back together with some wire, hoping that would hold off the rabbits, and we added new loam and compost into the beds (with help from Elaine and Clayton and their trusty pickup).

In April and May, we planted a whole bunch of organic seedlings that were started right here in Acton at Daisy Hill Farm, including:

  • Pak Choy
  • Arugula
  • Broccolini
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Italian tomatoes
  • Bush beans
  • Red peppers
  • Hot peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Basil, sage, parsley, and chives
  • Buckwheat

They've all been growing quickly, and we're excited to see the progress! If you happen to be at the CBE grounds, do stop by and say hello to the growing things up there - they will appreciate your company.

Of course, we'd hoped that by the time the veggies were ready this summer, we'd be back to the normal CBE routine, and we could share fresh lettuce and tomatoes over the Shabbat lunches after Torah studies. Well, we're not quite there yet, but the veggies are of course continuing along, doing their miraculous thing regardless of what's going on in the human world.

We have a few volunteers taking shifts weeding and watering, but could always use more! If you're interested in helping out, write to Emil at

Sat, February 27 2021 15 Adar 5781