Givot Olam: Organic Farming in the Biblical Heartland
Israel’s Givot Olam organic farm produces goat milk, goat cheese, organic grains and eggs. The farm welcomes tourists to Israel who want to learn more about organic farming in the country.
The farm was founded 17 years ago by a former kibbutz member who had a desire to deepen his connection to the land of the Bible. Over the years, the farm has grown tremendously. Today, 50 employees manage an operation that includes an industrial-sized flour mill, a feed plant for organic animal food, state-of-the-art automated equipment that milks the goats for the cheese, yogurt and other dairy products produced on the farm and shipped daily around the country.
Givot Olam is not just a business; besides being devoted to organic farming, the farm employs many youths with behavior problems who are undergoing rehabilitation and education by working the land.
Visitors are welcome to tour the farm and dairy to learn about the organic process and view the chicken coops and goat herds. If you are traveling with children, they will particularly enjoy getting up close and personal with the animals. If you order in advance, you can enjoy a meal made from the Givot Olam produce.
The ideal mountaintop location of the farm offers scenic views of the sprawling city of Shechem (Nablus). If you look further out over Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, you’ll see the small Jewish towns which dot the landscape. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean.
From Givot Olam you can continue to the altar of Joshua on Mount Ebal and to the Samaritan community of Mount Gerizim. Alternatively you can head in the direction of Jerusalem and stop at the ancient site of the Tabernacle at Shiloh and at Beit El, where Jacob dreamed his famous ladder dream.