The Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot allocates agricultural plots in the experimental farm for the benefit of elderly Ethiopian immigrants, for immigrants who wish to return to their traditional agricultural work..
The project is accompanied by volunteer students, some from the Engineers Without Borders organization, together with Prof. Alon Sask, Yoske Gottlieb and the team of the experimental farm. The project is being carried out in cooperation with the municipal absorption center of Rehovot Municipality, David Elazar and Hana Temano. Some plants are donated by Hishtil.
Twice a week just after dawn, twenty Ethiopian-born senior citizens, ages 65 to 93, trek from their apartments to a field on the Hebrew University’s Rehovot campus, where each tends his or her own patch of land. There, they meet up with enthusiastic student volunteers from the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Together, they make up a magical triangle: elderly farmers sharing ancient traditions with future agronomists, uniting over their love for the soil and growing food crops.