For my mitzvah project, I chose to work at the Pennypack Farm and Education Center this summer. Local produce was harvested and maintained so that shareholder’s of all income levels can enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables. While at the farm I learned that local food banks and farmer’s markets are supplemented from the farm’s crops. By volunteering my time, it enabled some of the elderly shareholders to stay home and be cool on days that they’d otherwise have to work in the 100 degree heat. I spent 20 hours with the farmers and the other volunteers during the month of July and look forward to joining the farm with my family next year.
By Michelle Borochaner, Bat Mitzvah in Fall, 2012