The Ministry of Agriculture started a new project and will be providing support to community gardens in Modiin Maccabim Reut. Over the next four years, they will provide support including training workers for gardening, supervision and professional guidance. When choosing among the 37 authorities, the Ministry of Agriculture places priority on authorities who are committed to agricultural issues and have experience dealing with these issues. Representatives from the city will participate in the orientation meeting as well as training sessions in the next few months. The ministry will set up a supervision system to monitor the implementation of the project. These gardens constitute a social and communal connection, encourage agriculture and preservation of green areas in the city.
The city’s first communal garden to be planned, built and maintained by residents will be on a half dunam lot on the corner of Rechov Reuven and Rechov Yissachar. The city is providing the land, water and lighting for the garden but all the work is being done by resident volunteers. Work on the garden began in September and continues with weekly meetings with a guide from the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel. The first meetings focused on planning the garden according to the residents’ vision, garden fencing, definition of paths and construction of benches in a temporary seating area. In addition to the resident volunteers, there are also teen volunteers working on the garden as part of their volunteer hours for school.