SALAD BOWL FOR THE DESERT

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August 10, 2016 14:46

An Israeli start-up is enabling Beduin families with no agricultural training to grow their own fresh vegetables in the harsh, arid conditions of the Negev desert.




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Siham Abu Salame grows tomatoes in her hydroponic Living Box in the Negev Beduin town of Lakiya. (photo credit:BERNARD DICHEK)

“THESE TOMATOES have a much better fragrance and taste than the ones we buy in the market,” says Siham Abu Salame, as she opens the tent-like canvas window to a mini-greenhouse in the dusty courtyard of her home in the northern Negev town of Lakiya. She proudly points out a dozen or so cherry tomato plants sprouting from the soil-less water container inside the five-meter square structure known as the Living Box. On an adjacent wall outside, a small solar energy panel provides electricity to power the hydroponic pumping system.




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