Sustainable Agriculture in Qob Elias

Participate in Sustainable Agriculture

Reconnecting to Nature's Cycles!
The way we eat impacts both us and our environment: We pollute the ground in order to produce food in large quantities, we package our food with disposable and harmful single use plastic, we transport it over long distances… and finally dump on average almost half of it!
This has several negative impacts on our health, on nature and generally the environment. With the growing distance between food producers and consumers, we have totally lost contact with nature and how it feeds us, for the worst. While eating remains one of the basic needs, a majority of children do not know the origin of the food they have in their plates everyday.
We offer a field trip to a farm that tries as much as possible to reconnect us to nature's cycles, while focusing on the importance of the link between producers and consumers, locally. Students and participants will walk around and touch upon a number of topics related to food in an engaging tour. They will then get to do hands-on activities where they will actually contribute to the farm's functioning, and take with them some of their works result (seedlings, composting pot, seeds... depending on the activity), in order to go ahead and contribute to a greener Lebanon from home.
  • Location: Qob Elias, in the Bekaa, just before Chtaura when coming from Beirut.
  • Travel time: 40mins from Hazmieh
  • Age: All. We adapt the language and the difficulty of the activities
  • No. of participants: Min 10 and max 50
  • Note: Toilets are available onsite
  • Permaculture, including companion planting
  • Soil management: Accompany nature's cycles
  • Basic soil biology: How to enrich the soil, mulching
  • Worms composting, spontaneous composting
  • Local and seasonal food production
Hands on Activities:
Participants will perform two out of the following activities (depending both on availability and their choice):
Activity 1:
Planting - seed starting.
We will need to manipulate soil and plant seeds.
Activity 2:
Fruit harvesting
Depending on the season, we might harvest fruits.
Activity 3:
Cleaning (extracting non-biodegradable waste) & Screening
Activity 4:
Basic farm routing
- Feeding chicken
- Picking eggs
- Weeding
Activity 5:
Make fermented food liquid - Kombucha

Alternative Walking Tour in Beirut

Discovery of an old Beiruti House and Public Space

Once upon a time an old palace in Zoqaq El Blatt, Mansion is now a community managed co-working space, with a lot of room left to spontaneity and non-commercial aspects.
Besides promoting community life, Mansion promotes as well circularity: Reused materials, urban nature, Recycling, visitors can see an organization that minimizes waste.... Besides a beautiful testimony of Beirut's wonderful architectural heritage.

Students do a tour, followed by an upcycling activity and, depending on their age, an environmental audit of the building.
  • Location: Mansion in Zoqaq El Blat
  • Age: all
  • No. of participants: Min 10 and max 30. They will be divided in 2 groups.
  • Price: 20'000LL/student, including a snack from a local traditional Armenian man'oushe and water.
  • Urban planning
  • Beirut urban history
  • The concepts of renovation and rehabilitation
  • Auditing a building
  • Upcycling

Alternative Learning Tour in Tyre/Sour

The tour will take you through the ancient history timeline all the way up to modern events. We will explore the alternative parts but also the enchanting roman cities moving from east to west and from one coast to the other. The tour will uncover hidden gems of Tyre while exploring cultural and socio-economic issues, art, graffiti and everything interesting in between.
The students will enjoy team-building games spread all along the tour. After lunch, students will go to the countryside of Tyre, they will have the chance to see and interact with horses.
  • Urban planning & importance of public space
  • Phoenicians history & ruins
  • Aqueducts & water managements
  • Theatre history
  • Current contemporary art
  • Interaction with animals

A Green Tour through Beirut

Social and environmental justice through a walk in the city!

Heritage and Team Building in Rechmaya

Forest Garden in Samen Eco Gardens

Discover a Jungle in the City!

A collaboration between Samen Eco Gardens & Jibal-Eedama
Sustainable Nature Management Inside the City
With 80% of Lebanon’s population residing in urban areas, one tends to forget that more than most of the earth's surface is not built. Unfortunately, it does not mean that it is not impacted by human activity! Man actually impacts every square meter of the planet's surface, most often negatively.
There are, however, ways that allow nature to develop in harmony with the city. The Samen Eco Gardens in Fanar are a living example of this possible harmony. As a botanical forest garden, they showcase a mix of trees, medium and smaller plants, various animals, and built structures such as animal dens and guesthouses. The energy of the sun is used in various ways, rainwater is collected, roofs are greened with plants, and various methods of composting are applied.
We at Eedama offer an engaging and active walk through the Samen Eco Gardens to introduce the participants to the various technologies used and show them how different spaces are used and organised. During the walk, participants will be guided to take an active role in contributing to the existing harmony of the place.
  • Location: Fanar, 30 min travel time from Beirut
  • Age: All ages, including teens and adults.
  • No. of participants: Minimum 10, maximum 30 (one class)
  • Note: Visits: Tuesdays and Fridays. Two groups possible in a day (9-11.30 and 12-2.30)
  • Since there are no public toilets on site, it is recommended to plan for a bus with toilets on board.
  • Living Green Roofs
  • Solar energy & it's uses
  • Gardening experience
  • Different potting mixtures
  • Permaculture & the multidimensional use of space
  • Worm Composting
  • Rainwater Collection
Hands on Activities:
Gardening Experience:
- What to plant and where?
- Different potting mixtures
- Select a plant species, prepare the soil and plant into a pot to take home.
For the youngest:
- A memory game about companion planting (one of the tools of permaculture)
We also offer follow-up tours and activities. For example, participants will be asked to take care of the plant they took home, to document its growth on the worksheet they were given, and share their experience during the follow-up tour and activity. The follow-up tour and activity will build on the knowledge and experience of the introductory tour and will delve deeper into the world of permaculture.

Holistic Permaculture in Les Racines du Ciel

Experience permaculture living

A collaboration between Les Racines Du Ciel & Jibal-Eedama
The Roots of the Sky!
Join us in an adventure to the organic farm, “Les Racines du Ciel,” (the roots of the sky), located on a cliff side in the Nahr Ibrahim valley above the city of Jbeil. To welcome you there will be Raed, Joanna and their baby living there all year long. The land consists of both vegetation and animal farming. There grows an apple tree orchard with vegetables, berries and they raise animals like chicken, goose and bees between the trees. After four years they have been slowly creating an equilibrium between trees, plants and animals.
“We consider our attempt at harmony with nature as a long-term challenge, which involves not only a crop change but also a change of perception of the world. It is an endless task aiming at getting closer every day to a little more of what is called permaculture.”
For the children, it is a unique experience to get closer to nature and to understand how consumption can make a positive impact on the future.
Participants will leave with a pot to harvest from.
  • Location: Lassa, Nahar Ibrahim Valley, 1 hr travel time from Beirut
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Age: 6 -12 years
  • Prices: 15,000/child + 10,000 for the lunch
  • No. of Participants: Minimum 10, maximum 30 (one class)
  • Note: Dry toilets are available on site. An organic picnic with products of the farm (seasonal fruit and vegetables and apple juice) can be offered on demand.
  • Recognizing trees & bunches
  • Outdoor drawing
  • Sustainable planting
  • Permaculture
  • Composting & soil improvement

Recycling Tour in Bikfaya

Tour with us to learn all about recycling!

As the waste crisis is becoming more and more prominent in our everyday lives, people have become motivated to seek solutions.
Lebanon is housing various sorting facilities, one of which lies in the mountains of Bikfaya. BiClean is a sorting facility that enforces the 3Rs in the most practical methods ever seen! Through a tour of their facility students can directly join the sorting process and are shown how the material is reused in creative ways.
Participants will also be introduced to the sorting facilities' collaboration with the municipality and the community to tackle the waste crisis. Afterwards, participants will visit a compound near the sorting facility built in an eco-friendly way and be introduced to the green methods of building and community recycling.
Overall the trip will be an informative and a hands-on fun experience tackling environmental advocacy, waste resolution and community involvement.
  • Location: Bikfaya, 1 hour travel time from Beirut
  • Age groups: 10-16 years
  • Languages available: English, French, Arabic
  • No. of participants: Minimum 10, maximum 30 (one class)
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Price: 10’000LL/child for the activities + 10’000LL for lunch (sandwich + fattouch)
  • Recycling, reusing, reducing
  • Hands-on sorting
  • Private-public partnership of environmental advocacy
  • Green building

Ras Maska Gardens in Koura, North

Organic farm and natural self-service picking market above the sea!

Nature’s Exploration through Climbing, Hiking and Yoga