We have been out on the field again, marking off the grid work for our next planting. The record-breaking winter storm that hit Israel in December was harsh on the baby trees planted last year, driving home to us the need to research further into particularly cold-resistant varieties.
We are working together with Dr. Elaine Solowey at the Arava Institute for Sustainable Agriculture to do the necessary research- data is diligently being gathered in the hopes that we can determine the exact variety that feels at home in this highland desert region so that farmers who come after us will start out with best chances possible for success.
This year we have 7 varieties from higher altitude regions of Morocco that will be planted, as well as planned studies into three forms of plant protection from the winds of this valley.
The good news is that many farmers here are now considering argan as a crop and we are happy to be part of the process-
Many thanks to all of our supporters and friends worldwide- greetings from Mitzpe Ramon!