Weekly Update: Life at the Valley of Peace and Ongoing Projects
We are glad to share with you that the farm is growing in all directions from our date palms to our renewed building structures and we would like to update you on what has been going on this week as well as what there is to come in the following weeks. Firstly, we would like to say thank you to our support network of workers, volunteers, friends, and family for allowing our projects to come to life and graduate toward success. It is because of all the past and current supporters that the farm’s ideas and aspirations were able to become implemented projects. The farm is wishing you a welcoming shout out. Also, local or international, the farm cannot stress enough how important it is to develop intercultural relations and to learn from one another through daily life together.
The renovation of the volunteer guest house continues to progress with the addition of great ideas and creativity. There will be three rooms within one building complex which we are continuing to organise the furniture and architectural elements–as well as the aesthetic appeal of the place. If you have a knack for interior design and artistry, stop by and feel free to be creative! Thanks to our many volunteers from all over the world, the painting job for the walls of the new rooms are coming to a finish and it looks great! We are planning on creating separate dormitories for a girl’s division and boy’s division however this decision is open for future members to choose where they are most comfortable. There is accommodation space for 5-7 guests and this includes two big beds, two small beds, and a couch. We will keep you updated and look forward to meeting new guests!
The Valley of Peace is also a fine place to visit for a tour around the farm. We are planning on opening a building structure for service as a place for dining and events–called “The Project”. For new readers and visitors, it is a series of arches creating a paved hall that’s suitable for meals, weddings, exhibitions, parties, and casual get-togethers. There is also a roof that can be used for guests overnight and a kitchen at the lower level. Also visit our sharing tree or the entrance cafe and you will be welcomed with friendly, inviting people. We would like everyone here to feel included in this community and have an enjoyable time. In addition, our farm is located in a technically advantageous place for new travelers, taxi drivers, and local commuters. We will have an upcoming post on more about this. The farm is also developing new indoor and outdoor activities for children and youth, which adults can enjoy as well. Some ideas include a renewed Dead Sea swimming pool, table tennis, music night/sessions, teaching farming practices and languages, and a planetarium. It is very exciting to start initiating these new recreations and furthering the potential of the farm with future possibilities.
One of the most important things we are maintaining daily or weekly are the date palms and every week we have hard workers climbing the trees and organising the branches to promote a good harvest in the summer/fall. Feel free to see the progress of our date trees, taste them for free, and even buy a whole branch of dates. You are more than welcome to accompany our group of workers on their excursions. Recently, Sheikh Hassan educated new and eager workers how to trim the branches, tie the date bunches, and help longer and shorter branches grow evenly. It was good to see the cultural exchange at work and revealing, literally, a timeless, age old art as well as a display of years of experience working within the field of agriculture. Stay in tune for more about the practice of date farming, sustainable living, permaculture, and our next post about a brief history on the Valley of Peace and the kind of rich and rare learning experience that we can offer here!
**More pictures soon to come! Tune in for an upcoming gallery of life at Wadi Al Salaam
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Valley of Peace
Mohammed Atiyeh…………………………………………….+962 795527397
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