What I learned from my Organic Farm visit
When driving into Nuweiba you see mountains, sand and the Red Sea. You don’t expect to see lush leafy green vegetables sprouting from the sand. Arriving at Habiba Organic Farm, you find yourself surrounded by just that, rows and rows of healthy bright green crops, causing one to speculate how is it possible to grow vegetables in the desert?
Landowner and founder, Maged El Said explained, what looks like barren dirt actually rests on a large underground water supply. The rich soils of the present-day cultivated land in Nuweiba, has been washed down over many years from the ancient Sinai Mountains, which are made of volcanic and metamorphic rocks. To you and me that means the land is fertile with minerals. Another important part of a successful desert farm is the need for support species, also known as companion planting. Maged pointed out plants such as the succulent ground covers that store water in their roots. The Moringa trees play an important role in soil nutrient cycling, fertility and health plus as a food, its leaves are highly nutritious, with iron, protein, vitamins and minerals.
The vegetables grown on the farm are distributed every Sunday to Dahab, Sharm El Sheikh and beyond. If you are interested in receiving a Habiba box each week, contact details are below.
Visitors are welcome as are volunteers to help work on the farm.
Written by Bronwyn Solla