|Maya was calmly making signs in the midst of our|
introduction to the workings of Kibbutz Lotan.
|Mark came to Lotan from Australia in 1989. Here he's |
describing the kibbutz's various composting programs:
the small bins are kitchen waste, and the big ones are part of the
composting toilet system.
|The kibbutz isn't 100 percent self-sustaining, but |
growing their own food and making rich soil in
the desert sands are a big focus.
|Lush garden. Remember: this is in the middle of the Negev Desert.|
(As a side note, drip irrigation was invented on an Israeli kibbutz.)
|I enjoyed this poster introducing all of the chickens in the coop.|
|They also build mud-and-straw-bale buildings. Here Mark|
describes the concept. "Good feet and a good hat" are important
to protect the mud—which additionally is covered
with used cooking oil for further weather-proofing.
|The inside of one of the cottages, with its "open beam" ceiling.|