Studio ST proposed a number of schemes for the farming education center for Adamah Foods at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, which invites people to learn about sustainability and farming. Adamah Foods provides and grows kosher food for Isabella Freedman on the 10-acre farm, as well as source ingredients from local, organic and fair-trade companies.
Located near the existing greenhouse, the proposed farming education center provides a dedicated space where people can gather, learn, work, and rest—all for the love of food. The upper level of the building houses a kitchen that is open to the adjacent dining and gathering space. The lower floor serves as a casual hang out space, as well as storage for coats and tools, plus tractor parking. The architecture encourages a connection between the outdoors and indoors by flanking the upper-level kitchen and gathering space between an outdoor entry deck and a screened porch. A line of windows offers picturesque views of the serene landscape. Photovoltaic panels on the roof provide energy to the building, reinforcing Isabella Freedman’s value in sustainability.