Scroll through our day-to-day itinerary below to see the highlights of the Toad trip!
Day 1: Welcome to the Food and Farm Road Trip! Arrive to Eden Village Camp in Putnam Valley, NY and spend a day getting settled as a group and enjoying the love of the first day of camp! Teens set up tents on the farm for their first night together under the stars.
Day 2: Getting all ready to head out: swim checks at the pool, trip orientations, pack up the gear on the bus, eat a delicious early dinner prepared by Chef Tom, and get on the road to head down South!
Day 3: Arrive early in the morning to Asheville, North Carolina after a cozy night on the road, and start exploring! There's so much bounty on the forest floor! Learn how to forage for mushrooms and other wild edibles in Pisgah National Forest with a local wild foraging expert. Spend the afternoon playing in a treetop adventure park!
Day 4: Spend the morning exploring downtown Asheville by foot in a city-wide scavenger hunt! In the afternoon, come together as a community to prepare for our first Shabbat on the road.
Day 5: After a morning sleep-in, go for a hike in the Nantahala National Forest. Spend Shabbat afternoon swimming in the creek, playing games, and relaxing. End Shabbat with Havdalah and songs.
Day 6: On the way out of beautiful Asheville, visit Sliding Rock waterfall, a beautiful 60 foot rock slide into a natural pool. Starting the journey to New Orleans, spend the night in Birmingham.
Day 7: Spend a relaxing morning traveling from Birmingham to New Orleans, watch a documentary on the history of corn in America, and discuss all you have been learning so far. Stop at a community garden along the way to drop off the compost!
Day 8: Dive right into the culture of New Orleans! Spend the morning touring the lower 9th ward learning about the effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the afternoon learning from locals about the history of New Orleans.
Day 9: Lend a hand at an urban farm and volunteer with local teens who work there. Picnic in the park for lunch with a view of the Mississippi river! Attend a cooking class with a local chef and get a vegetarian taste of the local cuisine.
Day 10: Kayak through the beautiful Bayou all morning. Maye even see some alligators! Spend the afternoon exploring the French Quarter of New Orleans, and end the evening by going to see some live jazz!
Day 11: Hit the road for Georgia! Prepare for a beautiful camper-led Shabbat and spend time as a community creating sacred space together.
Day 12: After a morning sleep-in, participate in some Shabbat peer led learning and conversations. Go for a hike into the woods of the state park around the camp and take a dip in the lake along the way. Welcome in the last week with a joyous Havdalah!
Day 13: Tour an organic and humane animal production farm in the heart of Georgia that has been in operation for five generations! Spend the afternoon picking berries and arrive in Atlanta in the time to settle into the new campsite and cook a delicious meal.
Day 14: Dive into Atlanta by meeting a local Jewish urban farmer and tasting some of the locally grown veggies special to the south. Cool off in the afternoon at a local pool!
Day 15: Join the local Jewish community to back borekahs- learn from the experts who have been baking them weekly for decades! After sharing lunch with their community, head into the city of Atlanta for an afternoon of exploration.
Day 16: Spend the morning volunteering with an organization to collect produce from urban fruit trees, prepare it, and hand it out to the homeless. Have a picnic lunch and then head out for a guided hike up the beautiful Arabia Mountain.
Day 17: Take an early morning sunrise swim to say goodbye to Atlanta before starting the journey back north. To break up the long trip, teens will spend the night in Richmond, VA.
Day 18: After a few weeks on the road, arrive back to Eden Village camp mid-day with time to shower and settle in. Join all camp for the final Shabbat of the session, rejoicing in Kabbalat Shabbat, dinner, and oneg.
Day 19: Relax and celebrate will all of camp for one last Shabbat. Share stories from the road, help to lead conversation circles with fellow campers and staff and enjoy the final Havdalah and fire poi show!
Day 20: Spend one final morning together as a Road Trip cohort and with fellow campers before saying goodbye to a magical experience and heading home to tell the stories!