A visit to Israel’s Goats with the Wind organic farm is delicious and not at all baa-d for the environment.
With the summer months upon us, some of you may be looking for an alternative activity to beach volleyball, matkot and tanning in the sun. For those of you living in or visiting Israel this summer (or any other season), here’s a delicious and eco-friendly option: volunteering or dining at Goats with the Wind, an organic goat cheese and wine-producing farm in the Galilee region. Operated by Amnon and Dalia, a couple who has been running the farm for several years, Goats with the Wind welcomes families, couples, children, and single volunteers. (The cheeses are welcoming as well – check out their “Isabella” half hard organic goat cheese above.)
As Amnon and Dalia so eloquently describe their farm:
“Somewhere in the Galilee,
Among the hills of Har Hashabi,
Is a place of harmony,
And cheese making goats roaming free.”
In addition to being delicious, nutritious, and friendly to its goats, the farm is operated with solar power.
The farm boasts the diversity of its previous volunteers, which has included monks, poets, Olympic poets and ping pong champions. But Amnon and Dalia will welcome all volunteers (provided approximately one week’s notice) who will perform tasks such as cleaning, gardening, feeding the animals, milking the goats, decorating, or constructing walls.
In their own words, “volunteers don’t need any particular skills except to be willing to work hard.”
In exchange, volunteers receive simple accommodations and meals with Amnon and Dalia.
(And considering the fact that Dalia operates the restaurant at the farm, this could be quite a delicious deal.)
Not interested in volunteering but still want to see the farm? The aforementioned restaurant, located under the branches of carob trees (and pictured to the left), is a good way to experience the products of the farm. The restaurant offers standard, organic, and meat menus and is reasonably priced.
Baaaa. But not humbug.
Read more about organic farming:
Putting On the Organic Ritz at “Mitzpe Hayamim” Organic Restaurant, Hotel and Spa
A Farmer’s Story on Natural Sheep Grazing for the Jericho Date Company
Old MacDonald Gets Farmingo Software to Manage His Organic Farm