The CoPious Box is in Winter hibernation
The CoPious Box is in Winter Hibernation. If you would like to continue to buy vegetables during the winter, please contact Rabbi.Rosner@gmail.com to be connected to a vendor.
About the CoPious Box
The CoPious Box is a local produce box offered by Temple Beth Israel, a historic synagogue in Highland Park, CA.
We partner with local gleaners, farmers markets and organic farms. The box is named Co-Pious to represent our values of cooperation and reverence for the sustainability of our planet.
Our goal is to provide the community with organic food options while at the same time reducing our carbon footprint, food-waste and plastic packaging. Proceeds from the boxes go to support TBI and thus $18 of each order is tax deductible!
TBI created the box to practice our Jewish values:
1. Not holding a workers wages overnight [Lev 19:13]
2. Not to destroy tress with unsustainable farming practices [Deuteronomy 20:19–20]
3. Hasagat gvul* [Talmud Bavli Baba Batra 21:b]
*Hasagat gvul (overstepping boundaries) is discussed in the Talmud and Shulchan Aruch, Rama, and modern Jewish ethical and legal texts. The majority of sources suggest a preference locally owned businesses. This preference provides community members with livelihood. The Talmud and its interpreters suggest that we prefer businesses that have a vested interest in benefit of the community in which they operate.
Where does the produce come from?
The produce is all from Lompoc and Central Valley in order to minimize carbon footprint. For information about the specific farms and farmers markets, from which the produce is sourced, please email us.
Can I choose what goes in the box?
4. The boxes are presorted but if you have special requests we can ask the farmers. The affordability our organic produce ($1.62 to $2.50 per pound depending on how many boxes you buy) is possible because of the structure of the program. We are hoping to offer cooking classes and videos to introduce recipes for some of our specialized produce (rhubarb, lemon cucumbers, tomatillos, etc).