Israel, 2010 (Wochenmario)

In the end of spring/beginning of summer 2010 I went to Israel to fulfill one of my dreams: Working in a Kibbutz/Moshav. During those days I took a lot of pictures – which unfortunately just remained on my discs mostly. But I got asked to give a presentation and decided to tell about Israel on the 27th of May, 2012 in the Fotoclub Lienz.

By going through my pictures I found one which appeared nice to me. It was sent as a postcard to my grandfather.

This picture shows me on my first days in Beer Milka, working on a field for bitter-melon. First I had to free it from weeds, then mix the sand with compost, so more nutrients get into it and last, but not least placing the seed.

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Appendix:

Do you even grow???

As I published this picture on Facebook a good friend of mine (Hey Sabet, Kisses to Vietnam!!) asked a legitimate Question:

That looks like a desert, how can seeds grow up? ? ? 😀

Honestly: Before I came to Israel even I wasn’t sure what to grow in the Desert. On my first day I the farmer Golan told us to plant trees. From that moment on I knew: Israelis are crazy. They plant trees in the desert…

During the next months I learned: They are crazy, but somehow they know what they do. Almost all of the plants grew as I would have expected it from plants in a „regular“ environment (Well, the Melissa didn’t do so well).

After some weeks I saw that wasn’t even everything: There was one plant, called Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Which has toxic leaves and fruits but a root with extraordinary active components. Grew even better than regular.
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(A picture of me, cutting it)

Why? Well, because the water was salty (close to the farm was a salty source). Boom!

All those plants grew:

  1. In the desert
  2. With salty water

Mind: Blown…

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It sounds kitschy, I know, but the Desert is full of life.

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