Preservation and Ecology

Preservation of historical buildings

Hemdatiya’s story begins with the establishment of a farming community for the family of the farmer Mazliah in the heart of the historical settlement of Segera. The Mazliah family, like other families, underwent agricultural training suitable for the land and the climate of the Lower Galilee and decided to settle and cultivate the land here. The house and the farmyard were established in the twenties of the previous century and included the family home, outhouses for rearing animals and fields for crops and orchards. Almost a hundred years later the site came to us. Time had done its work and we were welcomed by stones that had fallen out of walls, broken roof tiles, garbage, barrows of remains, rocky and hard soil. Despite this from the first meeting it was clear to us that this was a very mysterious and curious plot of land and we felt that we had been assigned the task of returning it to its glory.

Many hours and days of observation, research, and pondering gave us the idea to renovate the historical and beautiful farmyard and to breathe new life into it. With excitement and joy we took upon ourselves the task of renovating the house and the farm without harming the status quo, to save every wall that was about to topple over, to preserve the buildings which were in a similar state to the walls, to use every stone, tree, pieces of plaster and earth that participated in the creation of the new fabric of the new settlement in the Land of Israel a hundred years previously.

From the moment of the decision and for the following five years we planted trees and plants, we renovated, picked up, imagined, reconstructed and built the farm which took shape using great caution while observing and considering each and every detail. The farmhouse became the guesthouse, the shared entrance hall for all the guests and the outhouses became the guest rooms designed with the best of taste. And the final result is a combination of stone buildings which tell the story of the hard-working Jewish pioneers who cultivated the land, the orchard with its abundance of fruit trees, medicinal plants, herbs, and a variety of seasonable vegetables, imbue the guests with a feeling of dreams and legends.

Ecological construction

In the reconstruction work we adhered to the rules of conservation of historical buildings, and remained true to the original and did not change or expand the buildings. The building materials in Hemdatiya include all the components found on site. Building waste served for filling in spaces, the earth was sifted and together with plant materials such as straw and sand created a mixture which made up the special plaster of the internal walls and for filling in the spaces between the stones. The building components and much of the furnishings are from materials of secondary use which were re-designed at Hemdatiya such as floor tiles, cupboards, wooden shelving, old railings, stoves, sinks, beads, stones, water troughs and fences.
In addition to the regular bathrooms we have installed ecological bathrooms which significantly save on drinking water and after a lengthy process of the breakdown of the microorganisms the water is returned to and improves the soil.

Ecological tourism

Ecological tourism nurtures environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation. In Hemdatiya we aspire to minimize negative effects on the environment, to act with respect and love towards the natural and human resources, to increase social environmental awareness amongst our guests and the connection between man and man and between man and the land and nature.

The Water System

A system for collection of water from the roofs drains the rainwater into pools which delay and increase the water seepage into the earth and in this way increase the amount of water available for the garden’s flora.
The water from the rooms (bathrooms and kitchens) drains into a biological purification system and from there irrigates the orchards. The water pools serve as decoration and for growing plants and fish. Mosquito fish are bred in the pools which prey on mosquito larvae and thereby these pools are a trap for the mosquitoes in the surrounding area.

Cleaning Products

The cleaning products are rapidly biologically degradable after use, do not contaminate the water and the earth and are reused in nature’s life cycle. The washing soaps are made of natural oils and etheric oils. For those interested you are invited to pick a sponge gourd from the garden and enjoy a perfect bathing experience.

The Compost

Most of the waste which we create is comprised of degradable substances which return to the earth and improve its quality. The compost produced at Hemdatiya is comprised of diverse organic leftovers and serves as excellent fertilizers for the soil of the orchard.

Rearing Animals

As part of our lifestyle we aspire to minimize consumption and to produce our own food and to this end we raise chickens which produce eggs, till the land, fertilize and better it. Our herd of goats supplies us and our guests with milk consumption from which we prepare yoghurt and a selection of goats’ cheeses. We produce energy from the goats’ droppings in a home bio-gas facility.

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