What is the Mitzvah Garden?
The Mitzvah Garden is a community gardening project that grew from the passions and talents of members of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. Our garden is an expansion of the Mitzvah Garden which was started in 2000 at Village Shalom. B’nai Jehudah Volunteers of all ages join other congregations and organizations throughout the community to make the garden a success. We are extremely proud to be able to donate almost 3,000 lbs of produce yearly to various food pantries in our community, especially the Simcha Box Program which benefits those in need of fresh food in our local community.
With funding from the Herman Levikow Foundation, consultation from the Kansas City Community Gardens, Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, and the Kansas State Research and Extension Service, we were able to turn our dreams of gardening and raising awareness about hunger into a reality that has benefitted our entire community.
The work is ongoing and the garden is growing. Given the success that we experienced, we actually increased the size of the garden by 50% to accommodate the increasing need for locally grown fruits and vegetables. We have developed a mailing list of over 200 volunteers and would love to add your name, so you can have updates and participate in our planting and harvesting efforts. If you’re interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Larry Lehman directly at 913-685-2685.