The first and most important part to becoming a volunteer is to have a deep desire to be a blessing to the greater community and to pray and ask the Father if this is something He would have you doing at this point in your life.
There are two options for becoming a volunteer:
A visitor volunteer is an individual or family who would like to come and be a blessing to the ministry with your labor but can only stay for a week or more and would be able to provide your own shelter, either with an RV or offsite accommodations. We are especially looking for volunteers with particular skills that you could share with the students. Skills such as (but not limited to):
- Kitchen help
- Canning/Dehydrating/Food preservation
- Soap making and other household items
- Auto/Diesel Repair
- Basic farm help
An appropriate donation for food and electricity would be required as necessary. For more info on becoming a volunteer
A winter volunteer is an individual or family who would like to come during the time period of Oct. 1st (or after Sukkot) to March 1st. It is our goal to provide fresh produce year round. Depending on our facilities, we may be able to provide housing accommodations, or you could make your own arrangements with an RV or off-site. In either case, the appropriate fees would be required.
GIT Yovel year – What will it look like?
We continue to move forward as the Father is leading us which certainly makes for exciting times. As many of you know, we have been observing the Shemitah this past year, and it has been an unbelievable blessing to us. We have been able to focus on some very foundational things that will take us into the future with GIT. Some of those things are – gaining a foundation in speaking Hebrew, spreading the word about GIT across the country as we meet people in congregations and at conferences, building infrastructure in curriculum, facilities, fundraising and so many other things. In the process of growing and learning in the insights of the Shemitah, we were confronted with the possibility of this being the year of Yovel also. Now we certainly understand that there is much debate on the subject. We are not claiming to have all knowledge, and are open to new understanding and change as we all grow in Torah. That being said, we have decided to celebrate the Yovel this year. This means that according to Lev. 25:11 we will not be planting or harvesting this year either. This also affords us unique and timely opportunities that we feel the Father is guiding us to further build upon the foundation that He has begun with GIT. Here is that plan.
Our vision at Growing in Torah is not only that our students grow in the principles of Torah and learn how to implement those principle into their daily lives, but to be able to sustain and bless their own families and those around them in their communities and in the Land of our inheritance. Thus one of our favorite mottos – To bless the land and the people of the land – Like so many things in Torah and GIT there is a double meaning there. The land and the people here right now to be a witness to the nations, but also the land of inheritance and the people there also to be a light and hope to our brothers.
We have realized that in order to do this we need to become very successful in not only our farming practices, but also our marketing practices outside of simply going to farmers markets etc. For instance, it is our goal that our students receive direct benefit from their hard work beyond the very important and rewarding benefit of helping the elderly and needy around us, but that their work here would finance them to actually go to Israel and be a blessing to the Land and the people there as well as we volunteer our labor to farmers through organizations such as HaYovel and others. While we may not be able to accomplish that goal this next year, it is important to begin to work toward it.
Here are some of the areas we will be focusing on in the 2016 season in order to learn them very well so that when we start planting again in 2017, we will have the time to continue them even though we are very busy farming. ( It takes a lot more time learning than just doing, having already learned.)
Farm Areas of Training
- Root Cellaring
- Seed Banking
- Construction (dorms, green houses, root cellars)
- Welding (farm equipment manufacturing)
- Poultry (eggs, meat, turkeys)
- Soil analysis and fertilization
- Marketing value added products of all areas via
- Farmers Market
- Direct Farm sales
- Internet marketing
Biblical Academic Areas of Training
- Hebrew Language – speaking and reading
- Agri-bio Linguistics – word study principles
- Torah Studies/Life skills and application
- Leadership skills
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