Slowly sipping my glass of ice water with a hint of freshly squeezed lemon, I can’t help but smile as the cold liquid hydrates me on this hot Midwestern summer afternoon. Although many wouldn’t think twice about a mere glass of water, to me this cold refreshment is truly a luxury.
You see I just spent the past 5 months in Israel at Hava & Adam Eco Education Farm on the Eco Israel Masa program. Hava & Adam is an organic educational farm outside Modi’in which aims to teach students and community members the basics of our natural world, how to become more self sufficient, and live ecologically. While on the program, I took classes in organic agriculture, ecological building, and medicinal herbs while living amongst a community of 30 people (12 on the Eco Israel program and 15-20 Israeli volunteers).