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Shmuel Schuck, a Jewish farmer, sits among rows of tomatoes at the Pearlstone Center in Maryland.

This story is part of Fix’s Outdoors Issue, which explores how we build connections to nature, why those connections matter, and how equitable access to outside spaces is a vital climate solution.

Our ancestors relied on the land and sea to sustain themselves. They hunted, fished, planted, and navigated the ocean by the stars — practices that emerged from specific locations and were accompanied by rich cultural customs. While these traditions have endured for some, modernization has robbed many people of their connection to the land. And for immigrants and people of color especially, the severing has often come from displacement, forced assimilation, environmental degradation, and barriers to owning or accessing land. 

The threat that these forces bring to bear hasn’t gone unnoticed — or unanswered. Scores of organizations are reclaiming land-based traditions. Jewish farmers, for example, are looking to the Torah for practices like the shmita year, a mandated season of rest and regeneration for the land. The Eyak people in Alaska are farming kelp, an ancient and nutritious food source that revitalizes marine ecosystems and seque... Read more

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