Sukes 2012

What a beautiful, rich, hands-in-the-dirt, kids-in-the trees Sukes at the Wyckoff House, the oldest house in New York City.

Jason, the garden head, guided our group through planting, pressing cider, and learning about sustainable farming and composting. With Melissa, who runs the museum’s education programs, we created planters for basil seeds in toilet paper rolls.

Meanwhile, Jeff, Josh, and Henry designed and built our suke from recycled PVC. Kids decorated the walls. For scach (Hebrew for the suke covering) we piled on sunflower stalks, mugwort, and pigweed.

Kate, Workmen’s Circle’s new education director, led us in a cultural learning session that connected us with the agricultural and biblical roots of the holiday. Everyone had a chance to shake the lulav and sniff the etrog.

Thank you to Lucy for a wonderful tour of the house. And thanks everyone for traveling to Brooklyn and bringing your energy and creativity.

The Wyckoff HomesteadPlanting clover with JasonMaking eco-planters with MelissaTreeeees!Boys in trees!Jeff, Josh & Henry made our suke from recycled PVCAnd the community decorated!Inside, outsideKate teaches about Sukes history... including the Hebrew prayerThe Wyckoff herb gardenLucy leads a tour of the houseAwesome visit!