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The Treasure of Organic Farming
Organic Farming is rare to find in Egypt, but more rare to find in the desert. Mountains meet the sea and the desert finally meets green up in Sinai. Habiba Organic Farm (HOF) is one cozy agriculture desert land that measures 3,000m² of fertile ground for sustainability, in which it encourages the Bedouin community for development socially and agriculturally in the district of Nuweiba.
Wwoofing in Egypt
Habiba Organic Farm is listed among Wwoof Independents in the world of sustainable volunteer tourism and is the only one in Egypt that many tourists and travelers have actually passed by to stay there for a minimum of two weeks to give their best on the field of organice desert agriculture. Moreover, HOF is a member of The Center of Organic Agriculture (COAE) in Egypt.
Despite the desert-like nature of the location, there’s so much to learn and harvest as avoluntourist, learning Bedouin lifestyles, new desert agriculture techniques, giving back to the community, and exchanging cultural experiences. Volunteering on the farm sure has a number of rewards.
Good Fresh Yummy Stuff!
Springs of water quench HOF soils for quite a harvest! By products of the farm include both vegetables and fruits such as eggplant, corn, tomatoes, oranges, lime, olives, herbs and many other fresh stuff.
The HOF is owned by Maged El Said, an outstanding man whom I’ve never seen anyone as passionate as he is toward the beauty of desert in Nuweiba. He stands for Eco-lodge concepts, sustainable living, and extending agriculture in the desert. Also Founder of Habiba Camp for tourists, he has lived in Sinai for decades within the Bedouin community and been in love with the Red Sea mountains and never stops talking about its radiant energy.
Currently, Habiba Plantation hosts a community based project that is called Sinai Palm Foundation to engage landlords and investors to take part in improving the environment and increasing date plantations via Sharecropping. It is an opportunity for everyone who is interested to share a successful ROI and social enhancement through international cooperation and collaboration.
Voluntourism On HOF
Volunteering is a valuable travel perspective, which is a wonderful tourism opportunity that most travelers and backpackers take passionately around the world; but if you happen to volunteer on HOF, will you choose to give a travel gift back to our planet Earth on Egypt?!
Type of Work
- Primary work for short term volunteers usually are restricted to farming work that include pruning, making organic compost, preparing the soil, irrigation, mulching, spreading organic pesticide via orange peel, garlic, chili, and eucalyptus leaves.
- Internet communication and marketing for Sinai Palm Foundation
- For the long term volunteers, they extend their work to cultural outreach to the locals and the Bedouin community
- Educational instructions for agricultural workshops
The typical daily routine for volunteers begin at 8am in Winter while 7am in Summer early morning, start work on the farm which lasts till 6 hours with as many breaks as needed in the middle and the rest of the day is free for volunteers to have a swim in the afternoon in the Red Sea before Lunch at Habiba Camp, where the volunteers’ housing is. Meals are usually traditional Egyptian fresh dishes as fish. After lunch time, it is often siesta time to recover and avoid the afternoon heat.
Habiba Camp hosts many visitors in the evening, including tourists and locals, who are often eager to engage with other volunteers and share experiences of cultural exchange. The surrounding area has many other camps as well, primarily operated by Bedouins, who welcome other volunteers to also engage in cultural activities and drinking lots of bedouin tea. Nearby excursions and snorkeling trips are available also all week long.
Volunteers help represent HOF to the community at Sheikh Salim Market in Dahab on Fridays, popular among local entrepreneurs and potential partners. HOF is in the process of securing Demeter Organic Certification, which should be fully ready in December 2012.
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Invest in Sinai Palm Foundation Participate in a community based project, which will bring you a good return on your investment, for an initial payment of 2,200 LE you will have the potential to earn up to 4,000 LE per year. The project involves the planting of Palm Date Trees in a patch of the Nuweiba desert. Lifetime money back guarantee.
Habiba Plantation is the Owner & Manager of the Sinai Palm Foundation Habiba Plantation is owned by Maged El Said, who has been in the Sinai for decades; he has become an upstanding character and one of the pioneers of the tourism industry, investing in both a camp and an organic farm development, after years of working for others and himself.
Share Cropping for the Sinai Palm Foundation The Share Cropping initiative helps demonstrate, to the community, the regions capability to produce international quality Palm Dates, as the Sinai Palm Foundation. Not all residents have the land or infrastructure to do this. Habiba Plantation wants to provide this service to the community, as a means to grow the project and gain more community participation and visibility. With your participation, Sinai Palm Foundation is going to plant 100 high yielding Palm Date Trees in the first phase, from the species of Majedool, Sagey, Barhy, Khalas and Soukary, all well-known and guaranteed production.
Our Plan As supporters of the Sinai Palm Foundation you are able to purchase a share, which is the equivalent of a Palm Date Tree, at the original cost price. We, as Habiba Plantation, will then plant, water and care for the Trees. Therefore, after your initial purchase, you will then be entitled to 90% of your share’s production, or its yield value, we will take 10% for the cultivation.
A healthy Palm Date Tree yields approximately 70 to 200 kg per year, depending on health, weather, size, age and other factors. At this time, Palm Dates sell for at least 20 LE per kilogram. Potentially each Palm Date Tree will yield 1,400 to 4,000 LE each grow cycle/yearly. With this number of Palm Date Trees the Sinai Palm Foundation will produce enough dates to become a formidable supplier of Palm Dates to both Egypt and surrounding countries.
Your Participation Join the Sinai Palm Foundation by purchasing a share, which entitles you to a cash payout based on the average produce of a Date Palm Tree, which is made up in your phase in the Sinai Palm Foundation.
Each share is valued at 2,200 LE for the Majedool (fruit production by 2013) and 800 LE for the Khalas and Barhy (fruit production by 2015).
This purchase comes with a money back guarantee, if at any time you decide you no longer want to be part of the Sinai Palm Foundation, your share will be purchased back at its full original cost price, no questions asked, within 3 months of contract termination.
Life Time Ownership Joining the Sinai Palm Foundation is for life. You also have the opportunity to designate a beneficiary, who will inherit your shares, or you can choose to donate your shares to a community charity, one which is managed by Habiba Plantation. You have the option to transfer ownership at any time, although there is a 50 LE legal fee per transaction, this can include as many shares as you like. Habiba Plantation can also offer a brokering service for a 5% fee. Ownership ofShare Cropping of Sinai Palm Foundation is contractually guaranteed in accordance with Egyptian law and any disputes will be settled in the Nuweiba Courts. The 10% Habiba Plantationtakes from your share is to support the overheads of the Sinai Palm Foundation (labor, water, electricity, upkeep, etc.)
The Future of the Project Habiba Plantation will be the sole company responsible for sales of the produce.
It is intended within a 5 to 10 year time frame, that Habiba Plantation will handle the refrigeration, packaging, shipping, taxes, etc. It is Habiba Plantation’s intention to employ local Bedouin in the aspect of packaging, to provide alternative income generation.
Why We Do This! At Sinai Palm Foundation we believe joint-venture associations are considered a successful way of doing business, with respect to the community and social development. The Sinai Palm Foundation’s aim is for the landlord and investors to share the profit and success. Business through cooperation and collaboration is the new international method and the powers of social activity, as well as community enhancement projects, are our goal.
Community Impact A mature Palm Date Tree is capable of spawning Baby Palm Trees in its first two years, these Trees will take up 2 to 4 years of care and attention before they begin to produce Palm Dates. These Baby Palm Trees will become the sole property of the Habiba Plantation; to help diversify the local infrastructure and encourage an alternative income to support families throughout Nuweiba and Sinai, Habiba Plantation will, at its discretion, distribute the Baby Palm Trees.
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Sinai Palm Foundation
Habiba Bay, Nuweiba, South Sinai, Egypt Mobile: +20 122 217 6624 +20 111 200 0711
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Organic Farm community In Nuweiba
We would like to share land, tools, seeds, plants, potlucks and good times! Help us get the word out about organic farming in Nuweiba. Let’s get people into gardens this growing season. People wait YEARS to get a small plot in a community garden…but with your help we can get community up into farm & garden sharing groups! We can make people more food secure, healthy and happy! More gardens, more well fed people, more security and community!