Pollinator Garden

There is nothing superfluous in the universe. Even flies, gnats, and mosquitoes are part of creation and, as such, serve a divinely-appointed purpose.— Bereshit Rabbah

We’ve Started a Pollinator Garden!

CBI has started a pollinator garden! (More on that below.) If you’d like to help with tending the garden, please contact the office and we’ll put you in touch with the build team. Thanks!

And our deepest thanks are due to Caleb Wolfson-Seeley and his family; to Shira Wohlberg; to Natalie Matus; and to Erin Keiser-Clark and our friends at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown. We couldn’t have done this without you.

What’s a Pollinator Garden?

A pollinator garden is a garden designed to support and maintain pollinators (butterflies, bees, etc) by supplying food in the form of pollen and nectar that will ensure that these important animals stay in the area to keep pollinating things. A pollinator garden benefits our ecosystem while also beautifying our grounds. Ours will begin with one bed of herbs, and one bed of flowers — some with Torah connections! — and some of the aromatics will become part of havdalah at CBI in years to come.

Why a Pollinator Garden?

This garden will enable us to care for the environment at CBI, as an expression of the Jewish value of bal tashchit, “do not destroy [the natural world]”; to provide sustenance for pollinators, such as butterflies and bees, with awareness that these are an essential part of our ecosystem; to create more natural habitat on our land, remembering God’s commandment l’avda u’l’shamrah, “to till and tend” the Garden of Eden; and to bring our community together on our beautiful grounds.

Stay tuned for future updates on the garden and how you can help!

our pollinator garden
Our pollinator garden, July 2021.