the people of Yesod Farm+Kitchen



Steward in Residence

SJ Seldin is co-founder and board chair of Jewish Farmer Network, a farmer-founded nonprofit that connects Jewish agrarians to community, education, and resources at the intersections of Judaism and agriculture. Jewish Farmer Network believes that modern Jewish farmers are a powerful force for mobilizing Jewish wisdom to build a more just and regenerative food system for all.


In between adventures into the woods and waterways, SJ studied socio-economic injustice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since graduating from UNC in 2014, they have been growing organic produce for donation at educational farms and community gardens and consulting with organic businesses and community agriculture non-profits. SJ believes that Jewish agricultural wisdom offers modern farmers and stewards compelling questions, tools, and technologies for creating more just and regenerative communities for all.




Born and raised near Chicago, Justin's interest in Jewish wisdom began around age 12. After studying ancient history, archaeology, anthropology, and literature at Hampshire College, Justin began learning traditional Jewish texts and became ordained as a rabbi in 2011. During his time serving congregations in Bangor, ME and Asheville, NC, Justin developed a reputation as a dynamic teacher and speaker being selected as one of the most inspiring rabbis of 2016 by The Forward. As Rabbis Without Borders fellow, Justin believes all expressions of Jewish identity are authentic and valuable. Published in numerous books, articles, and websites, Justin has been teaching about the intersections of Jewish wisdom, environmental stewardship, and ancestral agricultural wisdom for over 20 years. Justin left the rabbinate in 2020 to help create Yesod Farm+Kitchen and fulfill his lifelong of becoming a farmer.