Are you bored in the lockdown?? Would you prefer to spend the lockdown in the countryside instead of between concrete? Then we have just the solution for you! The PeaceWadi Lockdown programme starts on Thursday night and helps you through the lockdown week end. Isolate yourself with your friends and family on the farm, have fun in our workshops and take a dip in the pool!
We cleared out a storage area and turned it into a nursery for moringa seedlings. (Other plants might follow soon.) They require only a bit of water every day and spread so much joy. Everybody who takes a tour of the nursery starts smiling about the mighty little plants which grow visibly every day.
Our goal is to spread the word about this incredibly diverse plant by enlarging our own moringa orchard at the farm and sharing the seedlings with everybody who is interested in growing their own moringa trees. If you want to learn more about moringa check out this blog post: https://peacewadi.com/2020/09/28/moringa-wonder-tree/.
Peace Wadi promotes permaculture and one of our favorite plants here is the moringa tree because of the minimal resources required to grow it and the fact that almost the entire tree can be used as either food or fertilizer.
Moringa oleifera is also known as drumstick tree from the shape of the seed pods or horseradish tree from the taste of the roots or ben oil tree from the oil derived from the seeds. It’s fast-growing and drought-resistant.
Use of the plant parts
Almost every part of the plant is edible. The young green seed pods and the leaves are used as vegetables. Mature seeds can be eaten raw, cooked or roasted. The roots are shredded and used as a spice of a sharp flavor which resembles radish.
Here on the farm we dry the leaves and use them to make tea or as an extra ingredient in traditional Jordanian food. After drying the leaves we also grind them into powder to use it as food supplement for additional vitamins and minerals in our meals.
Oil extracted from the mature seeds can be used as food supplement or base for hair and skin cosmetics. Its biofuel potential is currently being studied. What remains after extracting the oil is referred to as seed cake and can be used as fertilizer or to purify water.
Moringa loves sun and heat and therefore favors semiarid, tropical and subtropical climate. The soil should be neutral to slightly acidic, sandy or clayey. Depending on temperature and water the trees will flower once or twice a year or even all year-round.
Here on the farm we cut back the trees once a year to 1m height which improves leave growth.
PeaceWadi and JoReC (organization designated to promote recycling of waste in Jordan) are joining forces to achieve a cleaner environment of Jordan, by jointly setting up a single use plastic reduction project.
As a response to the COVID pandemic, people are using much more plastic bottles than before. It is expected that the consumption of plastic bottles will stay on a high level after the corona pandemic, as people get more used to bottled water. Up to now, there is no regulated national Waste Separation and Recycling system in place in the Kingdom of Jordan. Currently bottles end up in landfills or incineration plants, accompanied by its negative impact on the environment of the kingdom. The project aims to reduce the single use plastics by raising awareness and offering practical alternatives to drinking water distribution.
Applying for cooperation with the Jordan Ministry of Environment is an exciting step. JoReC has a good track record on positive environmental impact and we are excited to invest our time and energy in one of the PeaceWadi missions, which is a cleaner Jordanian environment.
“We are proud to announce our cooperation, setting up further efforts to achieve a cleaner environment in Jordan”
PeaceWadi and JoReC (Jordan Recycling & Upcycling Centre)find each other in having a socially durable and economically viable impact on society, amongst others through environmental innovation. This is done by offering practical techniques, skills to re- & upcycle waste and underutilized resources to local societies and entrepreneurs in Jordan.
As part of our cooperation PeaceWadi had the honor to host one of the workshops that JoReC offers. The main aim is to provide a method to convert a waste stream, plastic pallet strips, into handbags!
As a response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Jordanian government launched a programme to show how beautiful this country is. The environment of PeaceWadi is perfect to enjoy a rural escape from the city and enjoy the Jordan Valley.
Faris Atiyeh, second generation founder of the Peace Wadi
We are happy to host for the programme and are excited to stimulate national and international tourism to the Jordan Valley!
Introduction to the NGO project PeaceWadi, promoting peace and sustainable growth for society in the region for more than 20 years now
Peace Wadi is connected to many social initiatives in Jordan, like reduction of waste and promoting the importance of nature in our country
Tour around the date farm, bee hives, pidgin tower, explaining about the specialties of the salty water in the Jordan valley and how Peace Wadi adapts agriculture to nature around her
Tasting of home grown dates, moringa tea and to enjoy the lunch on the farm made from local produce
Bring your young volunteers to help water the plants for us and let your kids discover the joy of rural life. Our next generation will understand better about the importance of nature, peace and sharing
Come and enjoy the farm atmosphere, discover the peace of Jordan Valley, and take a swim in our fully organic pool. There are beach showers and changing rooms available on the property.
Contact us for any questions. We are looking forward to receive you on the farm! Phone: 079 733 8899
In the beautiful Valley of Jordan, our farm is a space of warmth, community, and sharing and we welcome you with open arms.
At the centre of all activity on the farm is the Project. Here we gather with friends and family, cook together, laugh over bonfires and barbecues, and sit out in the evenings. The wind blows through the arches cooling the shaded interior and, even on the hottest of summer days, the underground sitting room provides a light and peaceful place to rest.
5:00 am: Our alarm goes off. Half asleep we brush our teeth and put on our working clothes. First off, we start with weeding the fields. The torn-out weeds will be used as fertilizer aligning with the principles of permaculture, an organic and self-sustaining way of designing farm lands without the usage of chemicals resembling natural ecosystems. Our work is a race against the clock as the sun is rising and the burning heat is creeping upon us. Summertime in the Jordan Valley easily means temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius. After all our muscle strength is strained, we go to the animal housing, while our dripping sweat marks the way we’re taking. Trailing behind us following the trail we’re leaving is the farm dog – sometimes accompanied by her puppies. Our sweet friends, the chicken and pigeons, are awaiting us to feed them and renew their water.
After that is done, we take a short nap and later wake up to the sweet smell of Turkish coffee, that has been kindly prepared by ‘amu Mohammed, the founder and owner of Peace Wadi. For breakfast we enjoy a variety of local foods, such as dibbs and tahini, falafel, hummus, zait and zaatar, fruits and vegetables.
Afterwards we take care of the social media pages and brainstorm for new projects. During the hottest hours of the day, we take a break to read, enjoy the fan, and appreciate the peace and idyll of this place. Often, we can be found under the sharing tree laughing and drinking Moringa tea (which can be found on this farm) to stay hydrated.
Frequently, there are also guest or visitors, that used to volunteer here, which we enjoy getting to know. The atmosphere here is welcoming and open with a friendly vibe, which fits right in which the mystical spirit of the Valley. The Valley has sacred meaning as the people that are described in the Bible and the Torah, as well as the prophet Mohammad (pbuh) have lived and acted here. The farm has an excellent view on أريحا (engl. Ariha or Jericho) and القدس (engl. Al-Quds or Jerusalem). Wanderers, that have crossed the only 300m faraway King Hussein Bridge, often come here to get some rest and drink a cup of tea before continuing their journey.
In the late afternoon we prepare dinner for us and whoever wants to join us that day. Dinner regularly exists out of vegan food as we often have vegan people here and it’s better for the environment and safer to make in this heat, as it rarely goes bad. We close the evening by enjoying the fresh air outside while being mesmerized by the stars and the stunning view on Palestine.
Occasionally we also join Mohammad watching the Jordanian Netflix series جن (engl. Jinn) and discussing the controversial topics that the series deals with.
Not too late we fall asleep accompanied by the sounds of the birds and the mosquitoes.
Amber and Marieke (Dutch volunteers that have come to the farm through a project of the global student organization AIESEC)