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Hydroponic farm for refugees, foreign workers launches on Tel Aviv rooftop

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Hydroponic farm for refugees, foreign workers launches on Tel Aviv rooftop. (photo credit:ASSAF OSTROVSKI)

“They don’t have the same language, so they can’t communicate,” urban farming consultant Lavi Kushelevich told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. “But they can communicate through food.”

By Sharon Udasin
Jerusalem Post
01/05/2017

Excerpt:

On the toughest street in the toughest neighborhood of south Tel Aviv, Darfurian refugees, Chinese workers and Israelis are working together to make a rooftop blossom.

“They don’t have the same language, so they can’t communicate,” urban farming consultant Lavi Kushelevich told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. “But they can communicate through food.”

Kushelevich, 29, is the entrepreneur behind the Rooftop Gardens project, a venture that is bringing together an unlikely set of neighbors to cultivate a hydroponic farm on the roof of the Fein 11 building in Tel Aviv’s dicey Neve Sha’anan quarter. Since the project began about a month-and-a-half ago, the building’s diverse array of inhabitants – refugees and foreign workers from Darfur, Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan and China, as well as Israelis – have been meeting each Saturday to take care of the garden and learn growing techniques.

“The main issue today is that we need to find a way to grow our food very close to our plate,” Kushelevich said. “Waste of food mainly [occurs] because the farmer is very far away from our plate. Urban farming is part of the solution to the food crisis.”

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