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Agriculture

Beit Ummar is an agriculture town and a farming community. It enjoys a vast area of mostly fertile agricultural land and many residents of the town are dependent on agricultural activities. For that reason, CFJ-Beit Ummar focuses a lot on agricultural projects as they serve the community the most.

Agriculture

Completed and ongoing projects

Seeds of Hope

Center for Freedom and Justice, in cooperation with a local construction company and with funding from an Italian organization called “Bridges of Peace”, has established a safe area for the greenhouses project in Beit Ummar.

Planting Cactus

Since Beit Ummar is a city that relies primarily on agriculture as an important source of income, CFJ has paid this sector special attention when it comes to sustainable development projects. One of (Explanation) the most important agricultural projects is the reclamation of 27 dunums of inherited land located on the main road 60, and the reclamation of this land is very important to save it from being seized by the occupation soldiers. Many things have been done on that land. We are currently growing prickly pears. by growing 230 prickly pear plants on an area of 3 acres and turning them into juice and selling them here. This will provide income for farmers, and those who make prickly pears into a smoothie. Some studies indicate that it is an ancient plant that the Canaanites cultivated in Palestine thousands of years ago. This project enhances the cultural value of this plant. This strong and resilient tree is characterized by its ability to face all difficult climatic conditions such as drought, heat, cold and winds etc. Its leaves transform into fine needle thorns, but they are very stinging for those who approach them. As for their stems, they are plates that hold water, and their roots extend deep into the ground Prickly pears has therapeutic benefits. Its leaves are known to store water and are use In therapeutic recipes for skin diseases, as well as for treating pimples and burns. Various cosmetic materials are prepared from it, and there is prickly pears oil as well.

ONGOING PROJECTS

Goat farm project

CFJ has started a goat farm in Beit Ummar. The project is targeting marginalized families in general and women specifically. It will help them financially, reducing unemployment, encouraging productivity ,and supporting women to be more independent. 

The implementation of the goat farm project started in Beit Ummar June 2018. We started with maintenance work along with buying some basic tools before bringing the goats. We got water tanks, iron feedlots, water feedlots etc.                                                                                                        

The second phase started in February 2019. We then bought the goats and brought them to the farm. The project was implemented in cooperation with Bridge of Peace organization.                                                    

Greenhouse project

One of our recent projects have been to build five greenhouses.70% of the population of Beit Ummar are farmers. The town is famous for its grapes, fig, apple and plums. Beit Ummar is the commercial center of a variety of towns in the Northern Hebron District, as well as a frequently visited place for international delegations and tours. The town is however surrounded by 6 illegal Israeli settlements that increases the farmers possibility to harvest their land and their access to water. Therefore there is a big need to find new sources of income for them. The greenhouses  increases their income. The greenhouses will also make sure that a variety of fruits and vegetables are being grown in Beit Ummar throughout the year.

Beit Ummar park

 The park is now open for the public. Visit

We have a football stadion, a swimming pool, outdoor gym and a restaurant. 

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Green village

Center for Freedom and Justice (CFJ) aims to contribute to make our town - Beit Ummar, West Bank, a green, clean and environment friendly place . Our aim is to plant trees in our main road, a road that goes through the entire city center.  The trees will be planted in locally produced stone containers. We will place trash cans close to every tree. We will also conduct trainings in recycling, gardening, maintenance and environmental issues for youth. We hope that our environmental project will inspire the residents in our town, the surrounding villages and people throughout the West Bank to develop and take good care of their local communities.

We believe that a green and clean city center will contribute to make a better atmosphere and a healthier environment for our residents. CFJ wants our community to be filled with active and well-educated youth and aims to provide them with the tools and trainings they need to be part of developing our society in a good and eco friendly way. The green village project will also ensure local workers with much needed income and give our youth skills in gardening, product design and project management.

Market of hope

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The Center offers a wide range of opportunities for participants to develop their communication and advocacy and strategic non-violence skills, as well as several microeconomic initiatives that empower local residents to overcome the many obstacles they face. It also works to restore devastated agricultural lands through land rehabilitation initiatives. Through its wide range of empowering community-oriented programs, the Center has built strong ties of support and solidarity among rural West Bank residents.

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