(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Accompanied by song, dance and flowers, a new ecological garden was inaugurated at the WIZO Kfar HaNoar Nir Haemek Agricultural School near Afula. The entire project began with a friendship that blossomed between two women from Uruguay; KKL-JNF Uruguay Director Nadin Hakas and Chairperson of World WIZO Executive Professor Rivka Lazovsky, who met over a friendly cup of coffee during a conference last year.
“We have a very Zionistic Jewish community in Uruguay and I am very happy to see the youth at this school who are the future not only of Israel, but the entire Jewish people. We are all one people. We are very lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of building our nation and the Land of Israel through this garden,” said Hakas in Hebrew, to the appreciation of the audience. “We need to thank you for giving us this opportunity to be part of the beautiful work done here in Israel, which can serve as a role model for the whole world.”
“We are connected to this land, not just by words but by deeds,” she added. “You can see that on a daily basis through all of the wonderful work KKL-JNF does here. It really lifts the heart.”
Replete with a geodesic dome, an environmentally friendly water fountain, an organic herb garden, fruit trees and an ecological goldfish pond, the ecological garden will be a welcoming sight for all visitors as they enter the school. Adorned with plants native to the area, the 100 dunam garden will be used as an open-air classroom for various educational programs and hands-on agricultural experiences, including planting, harvesting and research on various herbs, trees and other plants.
The ceremony guests were greeted at the door of the geodesic dome by the school’s student police cadets, who presented them with red roses and ushered them into a small reception hall, where they were welcomed by Prof. Rivkah Lazovsky and tasted some of the fresh cheeses produced by students in the school’s dairy.
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