One of the marvels of Israel is how they have fulfilled the Biblical prophecy:
“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice
and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom…” – Isaiah 35:1-2
This was the dream of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion – to see the Negev blossom. And it has happened, because of committed and passionate farmers like Uri Alon who has spent 27 years pursuing this dream. Eleven years ago, he transformed his commercial farm into The Salad Trail, an educational gastro tour that highlights Israel’s remarkable achievements in growing some of the world’s most delicious fruits and vegetables in the desert.
Each year, 45,000 tourists visit the farm, where they can pick and eat fresh produce as they learn how Israeli farmers are on the cutting edge of innovative agricultural techniques. The tour lasts about 3 hours and is offered in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese, Dutch, and Hebrew. Visitors also have the option of participating in a culinary competition using the farm’s produce to earn the title of “Chef of the Trail.”
Alon is proud of his unique tour, the only one like it in Israel. He says, “I came here to fulfill Ben-Gurion’s dream of making the desert bloom, and we turned the desert into a paradise.”