Located in the middle of the desert in the south of Israel, we stopped for a night at Kibbutz Lotan on our way to Eilat. At the time it was a few months before my brother was to start his program there. The Green Apprenticeship, as the course is called is… […] a sustainable development and permaculture design course. The GA trains apprentices to understand and be able to identify and create sustainable solutions for social, economical and ecological issues facing critical industries such as agriculture, water, energy, waste management, construction, and more. And what a magical place it is! Surrounded by desert and mountains, there was so much to see and to understand around the kibbutz. My favourite part being the dome shaped ‘eco-huts’ made out of mud by students. My brother is living in one now and I could not be more jealous. THE ENTIRE STUDENT AREA IS SOLAR POWERED! 🙂 Thanks to the unrelenting desert sun this is possible. They also have washing machines powered by bicycles, pretty darn cool. And it …
Finally, after about ten days, the tiny spicy pepper seeds have sprouted. The seeds came in the can packaged with the dirt. What an awesome birthday present it was. 🙂 Also added a few new colorful cacti to the family.
So excited that my little garden is growing! Especially the sunflowers we planted! They’re growing up so quickly! Everything is thriving in this summer weather. 🙂 Here are just a few before pictures: Now after:
Planting a baby cactus garden 🙂 Step 1: Buy as many adorable baby cacti as you please. Yes, I know, how can you choose when they’re all so precious? Step 2: Plant the little cuties. Step 3: Stare at their adorableness for hours and be happy. 🙂