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A farm where people and the land grow together

About Us

Kaima Nahalal, a non-profit educational farm in Israel’s far-flung Jezreel Valley, improves opportunities and choices for vulnerable youth and engages the larger community in the process.  We are a proud member of the Kaima Educational Farming Network, which uses the tool of agricultural employment and the power of nature to reengage the young person seeking educational and social frameworks.

Our multi-faceted programming combines organic farming, business learning, personal enrichment, and community activities as a means of sustaining the individual and the land. The farm’s yield is sold to the general public through the internationally recognized CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) platform which guarantees an income stream to help underwrite our educational initiatives. We are guided by a multi-generational professional team of social activists, agriculturalists, and pedagogues focused on advancing the first all women-run farm in the Kaima growing alternative educational network, founded in 2013, just outside of Jerusalem.


  • Provide employment (a powerful tool for self-improvement) and cultivate other practical skills which foster curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking for young people facing significant barriers to social and academic advancement.

  • Create a safe environment to help heal past traumas and reconnect to society by encouraging people to trust themselves, their peers, and particularly adults.

  • Encourage teamwork and leadership development and cultivate a sense of personal value, self-confidence, and collective accountability.

  • Support youth (15-18) in returning to some form of formal educational setting and the pursuit of matriculation and encourage army/national service as a path toward social inclusion.

  • Provide a transition from adolescence to young adulthood for young women (18-21) not yet equipped to enter society with full autonomy.

  • Advance the concept of Yesh Meain (“Creating Something from Nothing”) in fostering environmental and social awareness and promoting change regarding agricultural consumption and perceptions of abundance within Israeli society.

  • Tap into the healing power of nature, promote healthy and mindful eco-friendly lifestyles, and offer the community access to organically-grown vegetables.

  • Demonstrate that girls and women can assume ownership and leadership in an arena such as agriculture, typically dominated by men.

  • Serve as a gathering place in a region of diverse communities and ecosystems where the people of all backgrounds can come together to learn about environmentalism and social and agricultural diversity.

  • Provide high-quality, sustainably-grown vegetables to a public increasingly more interested in farm-to-table produce.

Core Activities

Kaima Nahalal provides critical social and educational interventions for in a region (far from the center of the country) where few resources are devoted to addressing the underserved needs of high-risk girls, and offers opportunities for the wider community to come together.

Project Lavender - Long-term employment and empowerment activities

Our flagship "employment-as-education" program, Project Lavender, its name chosen for the plant’s restorative properties and holy references, targets two populations registered with Israel’s welfare authorities: youth (15-18) who have left or are at risk of leaving the formal school system, as well as young women (18-21) who have aged-out of other treatment frameworks and are performing a modified form of national service.

This intensive employment program teaches participants to grow, cultivate, market, and sell the farm's products to our customers who receive fresh vegetables delivered to their homes weekly. In doing so, they learn new skills and earn a salary, incentive that helps them take responsibility for themselves, the team, and the farm. Kaima Nahalal Farm provides a safe place in nature, where people and the land grow together. Our adult staff provides a protected environment for learning, conversation, and the creation of significant friendships. Difficulties that may arise during the work shift provide opportunities for dialogue that encourage personal adaptability and growth.


With the right funding, we can provide up to 60 young people with full-time employment per annum.  On average, some 80% of these participants return to normative educational frameworks within six months.

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Moshav Nahalal

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