Wake Up Palestine: Adventures in hydroponics

In this episode of Wake Up Palestine, Raji Najami talks to us about Habaq Farm, a hydroponic agricultural project in Birzeit, north of Ramallah, from which he grows salads and leafy greens to distribute to local restaurants and farmers’ markets. Raji launched Habaq Farm in 2017 after quitting a career of 15 years in telecoms. “I wanted something that was not bound to a desk, a chair, and a laptop. And I wanted to see the fruits of my labor. Agriculture was actually one of the first things that came to my mind.”

Raji is keen to share the knowledge and experience he’s gained with anyone interested in starting their own project. Hydroponics is within reach of anyone with a minimal amount of space and a limited budget, he says, and the practice has been gaining traction in recent years.

“It’s getting a lot of traction because you can use small spaces. So a balcony, a rooftop, a backyard… It doesn’t need soil, so it can be done in an urban setting, whether it’s a small piece of land in the middle of the city or a parking lot in your house.”

Read the complete article at www.jerusalem.24fm.ps


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