With the south of Israel returning to the routine of every day life, I wanted to take this opportunity to feature the amazing industry that comes out of the arid Negev Desert.

The Orlyya Farm is located in the middle of the Ramat-Negev region, at the heart of the beautiful Negev desert scenery in southern Israel. The unspoiled and breathtaking surroundings are 5km from Midreshet Ben-Gurion.

The farm is named after the goddess of love, Aphrodite, who represents feminine power and wisdom. Legeng had it that she is buried in the ancient Nabatean city of Avdat, 5 km from Orlyya farm and a pit stop on the famed spice route.

The typically dry and warm climate in the area offers magnificent starry nights during the summer when you can relish the warm desert breeze. In the winter, enjoy our heated cottages and indulge yourself with a steaming cup of delicious herbal tea.

One of the truly unique traits of this farm is in the oil they produce, Argan. Orlyya Farm is an agricultural and touristic farm established in close proximity to the remains of an agricultural settlement from the Nabatean period. Accordingly, it is no wonder that Argan seedlings were planted in the valley on the farm, integrated into the farm’s world view.

Argan oil is produced from the nuts of the tree. It is valued for its nutritious uses in seasoning and cooking and for it medicinal and cosmetic uses for skin and hari. Some call Argan “the tree of life” or “a tree for life”.

The staff at Orlyya Farm guides the Argan trees thoughtfully through their full development – from sprouting the nuts, nurturing the seedlings, planting and cultivating the sapling and producing oil from the kernels of the mature trees.

If you’re in search of a powerful experience of bonding with the earth and with yourself, consider a trip to the south – to the beautiful Orlyya Farm.

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