Alternative Learning through Social Experience and Agriculture
From big things little things grow. The founders of Kaima Beit Zeit had a vision – not just a single farm, but a new type of socially responsible education network. Irit Shevach, her husband and two daughters have taken on the challenge of establishing Kaima Be’erotayim which serves youth in the Emek Hefer region of Israel. Irit, retired from an executive position in one of Israel’s major corporations, uses the successful model developed by Yoni Yefet-Reich. Kaima Be’erotayim is a farm run by youth who have failed to thrive in traditional education settings. Given the responsibility of planting, nurturing and harvesting the crop, these youth develop new skills, responsibility and initiative. The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model produces significant income to help sustain the effort.