With the shmitta year over, active gardening will resume at the Hartman Institute. In fact, at a staff meeting last week, the joke was that our gardener would soon be one of our busiest staffers. Indeed, the Institute’s three-acre (11 dunams in Israeli terms) campus looked lovely throughout the shmitta year. But now more work will get under way, presumably enhanced by the natural, organic compost collected during this past summer’s recycling initiative.
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And not only is the Institute an oasis of green in a stone city without enough open and park space, it is in one of the few neighborhoods of Jerusalem with significant open space. A large field sits across from us, and the still wonderful, yet dilapidated and threatened gardens of the former Hansen’s Disease hospital also lie across the street.