Hava is the original Hebrew name for “Eve”-the Bible’s first woman and the original mother. Hava also means “farm” and is closely related to the word havaya, meaning “experience.” At the Hava& Adam Farm, Hava comes before Adam for at least two reasons: the first is because we emphasize the feminine, nature-based aspect of life, and the second is because we understand the value of first-hand experience.
- Developing personal, social and environmental awareness.
- Motivating the individual and the community to adopt the values and principles of sustainability in all spheres of life.
- Empowering participants to use positive communication skills and understand the connection between humans and our natural environment.
The farm was founded in 2003 as a vision of educator Isaac Gaziel. He aimed to raise awareness of the ancient and sacred connection between humans and their environment. Together with a group of educators, architects, scientists, environmental and social activists, they established this special place as a platform for personal growth by educating and demonstrating a sustainable lifestyle
As an experimental and educational center, the farm strives for ecological self-sufficiency by using solar energy, independent waste treatment, rainwater harvesting, wastewater reuse, ecological construction in a variety of techniques, recycling and organic agriculture. Through our programs and workshops, we demonstrate practical ecology. The Farm is a place to learn, to grow and to develop – and to be a small nucleus of change through the programs, educational activities and the variety of experiences offered to farm visitors.
The interconnections of life includes the connection of individual people. Living harmoniously as part of a sustainable community is a learned behavior. In the West, the separate individual is idealized and the community suffers because of it. At HAVA and ADAM, we understand that it is impossible to live sustainably on your own. That is why we put an emphasis on community and communal living. Through listening circles, where our students practice listening and speaking from the heart, ceremonies, activities and other aides we facilitate a long-lasting (sustainable) community experience. The community aspect of the Eco-Israel experience is often times the most challenging part of our programming but also the most rewarding.