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Nov 4, 2015 By June Glazer Category: Environment,
Green dreams: Innovative urban farm in Negev wins environmental prize
An Earth's Promise member works with
Ethiopian children at a Be'er Sheva urban farm.
Moran Slakmon is co-director of Earth’s Promise with her husband, Adam Ganson.
"These are people who came here with no jobs, no Hebrew, and with traditional [agrarian] knowledge that, living in an urban environment, they couldn't pass on to their children," she said. "Now they can pass it on and it's meaningful. Also, the residents of the neighborhood where the absorption center is located appreciate the garden and many have asked for furrows of their own, which is a source of pride for the Ethiopians."
Moran Slakmon and Adam Ganson, Earth's
Promise co-directors, at the prize ceremony.
The garden, attached to the absorption center, began with 10 furrows (trenches used to plant seeds) -- one per family -- then grew to 50, and eventually to 100, with more now being planned. "They can plant whatever they want, including fruits and vegetables they had in Ethiopia that they miss in Israel," Katzenell said. "It’s wonderful to see families working together, using their skills, feeling proud of themselves. And when they leave the absorption center for new homes, they bequeath their furrows to new families coming in."
The community-garden model that Earth's Promise set up -- urban farming attached to an institution -- has been replicated in several locations in Be'er Sheva, as well as in nearby Bedouin communities and the Negev cities of Ashkelon and Arad. Today, these communal plots can be found not only at absorption centers, but at community centers, schools, and old-age homes. And now, they have served to bring Earth's Promise to the next stage in the organization’s development.
Photo: Miriam Braun
Families can plant whatever they want in the garden next to the Kalisher Absorption Center in Be'er Sheva.