Picking Cherries in the Desert at the Yatir Forest Cherry Festival

June 5, 2016 12:14
2 minute read.

Picking Cherries in the Desert at the Yatir Forest Cherry Festival. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


On May 26th and 27th in Yatir Forest, local farmers celebrated their second cherry festival, a venture organized jointly by KKL-JNF, the Yatir Region Tourism Association, the Ministry of Tourism and the Negev Development Authority. 

Yatir Forest - a huge patch of greenery amidst the yellowish brown of the desert – is considered to be something of a marvel. The agriculture that flourishes in that enchanted part of the country is, however, a true miracle. 

At Yatir Forest's second annual cherry festival, Hundreds of visitors came to pick the cherries and enjoy the various activities on offer for all the family.

“Who would believe that cherries could grow here in the Negev, so close to home,” asked Omer resident Molly Ben Aharon in astonishment as she picked together with her children. “This really is a very special experience, not just for the children, but for me, too,” she said. “This is my favorite fruit and I’ve picked loads,” added her son, four-year-old Eitan. 

Nati Yisrael, Director of Tourism in the Yatir region, explained that the festival is designed to give the general public an opportunity to visit this wonderful region and see for themselves the remarkable agriculture it sustains. “We have amazing agriculture here, but many people aren’t aware of it,” he said. “Yatir Forest is full of activity and draws crowds of visitors, and it’s important to us that more and more people come to the area. Here they can get in touch with nature, history and the local landscapes, and at the same time learn something about our farm produce.”  

The attempt to show people the area has most certainly been successful, as around 10,000 people visited the festival over the two days for which it was held. “This is precisely what KKL-JNF is aiming for – opening up the forest to the public,” said Rinat Kedoshi, KKL-JNF’s Southern Region Media and Public Relations Director. “Yatir Forest is a wonderful place to hold a festival like this.” 


For further information, comments or permission please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department

Related Content