As promised, here is a photo diary of the Jewish Farm School/Hillel’s organic farming alternative spring breaks.

These pictures, which were taken by NYU student Amalyah Oren, highlight her group’s 6-day food and farming adventure at Tierra Miguel, an 85-acre, non-profit educational farm and foundation in Pauma Valley, California. Like all of the trips co-organized by the Jewish Farm School and Hillel, the group at Tierra Miguel volunteered in the fields, learning valuable skills in sustainable agriculture, and also engaged in text studies and discussion about everything from Jewish agricultural laws, to medicinal herbs, to global food security.

Not surprisingly, cooking and eating were also a main focus of the Tierra Miguel trip. Located in warm, sunny Southern California, many crops from broccoli to strawberries were already in full bloom when the group visited in mid-March. The students learned how delicious eating freshly-harvested and prepared food a.k.a. “farm to table” food can really be.

Enjoy the photos! For full captions, click through to Amalyah’s flickr page. You can find out more about Jewish Farm School / Hillel’s alternative spring breaks here.