In the utmost arid climate, with temperatures rising well above 50 degrees and with its surroundings comprised of solely sand and the Jordanian border, lies Kibbutz Ketura.
Ketura embodies Ben Gurions vision of using the Negev to its full potential. In the east, a date orchard extends for miles, providing adequate food supply for the kibbutz and its most valuable export.
In the south, over one hundred thousand solar panels are stationed, absorbing a magnitude of kilowatts of energy everyday, with the capability to power Ketura, neighbouring Kibbutzim, and left over to sell to Israel’s energy grid.
Somewhere in between it all lies its newest and most innovative product, the algae farm, where a litre of this type of algae sells for over $14,000 USD.
Kibbutz Ketura is one of the few Kibbutzim that stays true to its communal roots – it has not sold out to privatize, and there is no hierarchy demarcating one member from another. Community and sustainable living are embodied at its core.
In the Kibbutz lies the Arava Institute, an environmental academic institution that works towards coexistence with Israel and its neighbours through its shared natural resources. The institute engages in dialogue with Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and many other students and academics across the middle east to work together in order to build a sustainable and peaceful future.