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Judean farming


This shot shows some of the agricultural operations that was seen along the road, in the desert. This is still in the West Bank area, meaning that these are Palestinian farms and not Israeli kibbutzes. Farming seems to be concentrated on these shadecloth type tunnels and many hectares of date palm groves. In places the little trees were recently planted and others were big productive trees. I like dates and we grow them in South Africa, but these Judean dates were special.


The shot was taken from the bus, hence the little reflection to the left.


Have a nice weekend.





comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Apr 2016, 03:30
Fine post, Louis.

I like fresh dates, too, and you now have me wondering if I could grow some here.

I am beginning to find that it is too darned hot for some things...it looks like I might have to construct a couple of these shadecloth structures.
Louis: In SA dates are grown where it is hot, dry and irrigation is possible. This seems to be the same in Israel.
The shadecloth seems to work. I haven't seen them up close, but the products sold in their markets are prime specimens, I thought.
Wait. Did someone say DATES! Since living in Hollandshire, Louis, Astrid and I eat dates almost every day. They're so cheap here.
Louis: Glad to hear they are cheap smile somewhere. Our own dates are affordable, but the imports are steep.
It is amazing how we've learned to train the Earth!
Louis: Interesting expression. I would think of unlocking the earth. In Israel, all of this has an impact on water availability. The Lake of Galilee, the Jordan and even the Dead Sea (the interconnected water spots) have all lower water levels, compared to 50 years ago. On the seaward side of the mountain ranges, they now supply water as result of desalination of seawater. Interesting how they keep things going in that little country.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Apr 2016, 07:02
Yes, Jericho is an oasis.
Louis: This is about 20kms north of Jericho, Philine.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Apr 2016, 07:18
Horticulture in a barren landscape. Very interesting Louis..
Louis: The right plants, conservative watering, protection of certain plants against the heat - and you are farming.
I think they need to get the watering can out Louis.
Louis: Don't know for sure how they address the watering issue, but I have seen some canals, gutteridge.
This oasis must provide them some fresh water!
I do love fresh dates too.
Very nice capture.
Enjoy the weekend.
Louis: These are orchards of date palms, planted by the farmers. A lot of dates available in the Israeli markets.
Thank you, Richard.
It must hard to farm in a dessert. A vast amount of water would be needed.
Louis: The right plants, conservative watering, protection of certain plants against the heat - and you are farming. Something developed by the Israeli's and taken over by the Palestinians.
It doesn't look like farming land.
Louis: Heh, no - it doesn't, Bill.
a nice shot to show off the issue around dates. the clear, cloudless sky further accentuates the feeling of the desert, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ayush.
There can only be a limited selection of crops that can be grown in such a barren area.
Louis: You are absolutely right, Brian.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Apr 2016, 17:51
I too like fresh dates, but no chance of growing them here! Amazing to see the green amid the arid dunes.
Louis: That was my main observation. Real desert and all the green patches, indicating good farming going on.
Looks just the place for a concrete plant smile
Louis: Sand and stone a-plenty, Tom smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 8 Apr 2016, 19:37
It looks as if it would be hard work getting a living from the land here. Have a good weekend, too, Louis
Louis: Hard work and patience - I guess those palm trees take some time to reach harvesteable maturity.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Apr 2016, 17:14
You did a great job from the bus. This looks like they know what they are doing.
Louis: I believe they do. I have eaten products coming from this general area and was impressed with the quality and good taste. Thank you Astrid.
amazing to think that anything can be grown at all in such a landscape!
Louis: It is like magic, elleplate.

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