- At the individual level, we tap into the healing power of nature and utilize employment as an educational tool to shift the downward trajectory of youth unable to relate to normative school settings.
- At the group level, the farm, which serves as a vital educational resource and community gathering place, regularly hosts educational workshops, volunteer days, and private events.
Patrons and Founders
The farm was founded by Irit Shevach with nearly three decades of sales and service management in Tnuva, the world’s largest kosher food manufacturer and her two daughters, Shai Schevach, a social and agricultural entrepreneur, and Rani Erez. The land on which the farm sits was donated by Irit and her husband David Shevach, to whom we are most grateful.
Kaima Beerotayim’s yield is sold to the general public through the internationally recognized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) social sales platform. CSA connects local farmers to consumers who pay a set price for a share of the anticipated harvest. Farmers benefit from advance cash flow; consumers receive a weekly box of seasonal, pesticide-free vegetables. While there are other CSA farms in our region, none operate with the same social agenda as Kaima Beerotayim.
For the community
For the individual
Partner with local welfare authorities to engage those at high risk of dropping out of school in a region with limited social welfare services and further legitimize non-traditional educational programming
Offer meaningful work experience, teach sustainable agricultural principles, and develop employability skills transferrable to a variety of settings
Offer the public access to organic vegetables grown by youth discovering their capacity to participate in positive endeavor
Promote teamwork, develop leadership, and cultivate personal accountability and teach healthy life-skills, including financial literacy and critical thinking
Serve as a gathering place for the public to enjoy farm-to-fork experiences and other community events which promote zero-waste, environmental stewardship and other eco-friendly practices
Ensure youth finish high school and matriculate, and encourage army/national service participation
Help reduce local food insecurity by donating a portion of our harvest to the hungry
Foster positive connections with others, particularly adults
- Family owned/operated
- Second farm in the growing Kaima alternative educational movement, the first founded and led by women
- Only local farm adhering entirely to organic principals and committed to working with youth, in a region of tremendous competition from other CSA growers
- Commitment to model slow food movement principles and to manage production so as to reduce both surplus and waste
CEO and Co-founder
Yogev is responsible for implementing Kaima’s educational vision, working directly with Kaima youth, and managing all agricultural aspects of the farm. He has over a decade of experience in informal education during which he has worked with youth and their families in a variety of settings, including traditional schools systems, pre-military preparatory schools, national service programs, and youth movements. Yogev is a strong proponent of the philosophy which places the young person as the primary actor in his/her life and believes young people should be “listened to, not talked at” in order to facilitate effective communication.