Summer has, without a doubt, arrived in Israel. School is about to end, summer vegetables and fruits are in season, and there’s a greater desire to be outdoors. Enter the Adam and Eve farm (or, in Hebrew, Hava & Adam) in Modiin, which offers lots of great ways to celebrate summer.
This educational-ecological center integrates social and environmental education with a focus on sustainability. Founded in 2003, this 8 acre plot of land tries to demonstrate sustainable living by using solar and thermal energy, conscious waste management, ecological construction, recycling, and organic farming. Twenty volunteers live and work on the farm at any given time, and teach by example.
Wanna get involved? Here are a few ways how:
Eco-Israel: This ecological alternative for long-term programs in Israel is supported by MASA and funded by the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency. The 5-month volunteer program is geared towards English speakers between the ages of 20-30 who live and volunteer on the farm. The volunteers eventually earn an internationally recognized certificate in Permaculture Design and learn about soil management, plant medicine, water harvesting, Israeli agricultural history and Jewish land ethics, and a whole lot more.
Farm Tour: There are a variety of farm tours at Hava & Adam, all of which include an activity. The tour consists of a basic tour of the farm’s green construction, energy usage and organic farming, and then an activity of the group’s choosing. They offer lots of activities, including medicinal herb preparation, composting, and making your own paper.
Birthdays: Have an alternative children’s birthday at the farm, where the kids can be really active.
Courses: Courses for adults include a permaculture design course, Bio Falha (which focuses on local Palestinian-Arab agricultural knowledge), practical ecology, and organic farming.