an NGO of traditional farmers, gardeners and bakers
working together to restore our traditional foodcrops and local
cuisine. We are devoted
to restoring landrace and heirloom seeds and the indigenous knowledge
of Israel and Palestine to nourish biodiversity and cultural
a small village nestled between
Jerusalem and Bethlehem, has flowing pure spring water, fertile
soil and traditional farmer-seed-savers that maintain a vast biodiversity
of indigenous foodcrops. 'Debea' is an ancient landrace wheat
from biblical times that has been carefully selected over generations
for delicious flavor and robusts health.
Food is central to our being, our culture
and our relationship to other living beings on our planet. Farming
is at the core of how each person interacts with their environment.
As our farming and food systems become industries, our connection
to ecological living on the land is being lost. The Mideast is
the ancestral home for many world foods yet due to the turmoil
that plagues the region that biodiversity is endangered. By growing,
saving seeds and marketing our indigenous foodcrops, each of us
can help restore and celebrate our irreplaceable shared food heritage
rooted in Jerusalem.
- To work together
to save our heritage wheats from extinction by growing, baking
and marketing cooperation
- To steward our biodiversity for ecological
farming, in ways that foster the cultural diversity that sustains
healthy land and people.
- To draw on our shared love of farming
and food arts to foster coexistence between the diverse peoples
of our region; through mutual understanding and practical cooperation,
we will nourish the true one path - that is peace.