Plants and vegetables are not all that flourish at the Yevulim Farm. For adults with stigmatizing disabilities – including mental health conditions, autism, cognitive delay, and physical challenges – self-confidence, social skills, and optimism grow here, too. The farm, located outside Kfar Malal in central Israel, offers a highly interactive, eight month course where people with disabilities learn key skills for successful employment and independent community living.
Time in the Yevulim gardens is highly therapeutic, as participants can watch their hard work pay off with the growth of fruit and vegetables. At the conclusion of the course, participants are offered opportunities to become paid farm guides for business events and tours for soldiers, youth and kindergartens. Yevulim also holds events in their local community, helping to change the public’s attitude and preconceived notions towards people with disabilities. For the lucky participants, Yevulim is a life-changing step towards the confidence it takes to live an independent life.
For questions, contact Ronit Raby Benchetrit at RonitR@jdc.org.
The Yevulim Farm, located in Kfar Malal, is an educational ecological farm founded on the principles of permaculture. Yevulim is a space that allows for the development of personal, social, and employment skills for people with cognitive disabilities in a supportive environment that supports the expression of the creative powers. In an era where technology takes up much of our time, there's an increasing need for every human being to be in direct contact with nature.1
Over 80% of Israelis now live in cities, yet most of the food they consume is grown in rural areas or imported. Growing food in cities is a natural solution, cutting down on the enormous pollution and expense incurred by food transportation, and ensuring better access to fresh and environmentally-friendly produce.