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Urban Greenhouse Farming

Kaima Beit Zayit, located in a rural valley just a few miles from Jerusalem, is participating in a meaningful way in the capital city’s exciting internal urban renewal process. In November 2015, we broke ground with a sophisticated hydroponic greenhouse, the first commercial enterprise of its kind within Jerusalem proper, housed within the 30-acre Jerusalem Botanical Garden. In 2019, the system was converted to traditional greenhouse growing, and the results have been terrific!

 

  • Expand pedagogic and economic opportunities for Kaima young farmers.
     

  • Produce high quality, nutritional, and flavorful vegetables year-round regardless of the harsh weather conditions outside.
     

  • Further Kaima’s long-term economic target of securing 70% of our budget from the sale of the farm's yield.
     

  • Help Jerusalem re-imagine itself and explore its green potential by promoting urban agriculture for commercial application and personal/community gardening for private use.
     

  • Expand our relationship with our friends at the Jerusalem Botanical Garden’s through their "Hub for Social and Environmental Activism".

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Hydroponics, a controlled method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, without soil, is practiced on a modest level in individual homes but has yet to be applied on a large scale for either communal or business use within Jerusalem. Indeed, most people would never envision Jerusalem as a viable landscape for agricultural activity. We seek to demonstrate that the opposite is true; that Jerusalem can set a standard for hydroponic farming, contributing to both community and economic development.

Before
Before
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Building the infrastructure
Building the infrastructure
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Building completed!
Building completed!
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Laying the ground covering
Laying the ground covering
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Preparing for an underground pipe
Preparing for an underground pipe
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Installation of water system
Installation of water system
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Checking water pipes
Checking water pipes
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Almost ready to go!
Almost ready to go!
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The first planting
The first planting
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Checking the crop
Checking the crop
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Working on the new crops
Working on the new crops
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All in order!
All in order!
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Peppers
Peppers
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Parsley
Parsley
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Mangold-chard
Mangold-chard
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