The Farm


At Ben Shemen, the farm, is an integral part of the Village. The Farm is maintained entirely by Ben Shemen pupils and the coordinators of the different branches. All students at the High School take a 5 point matriculation exam in one of four agricultural subjects, dairy farming, stable management, gardening and landscaping or crop management.


  • Chickens – most of the work in the hatchery is mechanized and computerized. However the 900,000 eggs produced each year are collected and sorted by the pupils. In 2014, we equipped an additional hatchery with the most advanced equipment for raising chickens.


  • Dairy– our barn contains 130 head of cattle, 75 of which are dairy cows, and we produce 760,000 liters of milk annually. We are very environmentally conscious, and work according to the directives of the milk reform which was implemented in conjunction with the Ministries of Education and Agriculture.


  • The Stables– this relatively new branch has 25 horses which are used by both the pupils in the village and for the purposes of therapeutic horseback riding.


  • Crops – Our farm cultivates 1300 dunam around the Village and in the Ben Shemen Forest. Crops include irrigated fields with chickpeas and sunflowers, and fodder and grain crops such as wheat, vicia, clover, oats and more. Some of our crops are used to supply the dairy barn, stable and zoological garden, while others are sold. We are now in the process of exploring used treated wastewater for irrigation purposes.


  • Garage – All of our farm vehicles are maintained in our agricultural garage. We also teach pupils how to drive tractors and ATV vehicles and train them in the use of farm machinery.


  • The Zoological Garden – is very attractive to our students and is a quiet oasis for many. The garden includes mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects. In addition to hosting kindergarten and school children, the garden is also used for animal therapy by the treatment unit of the Village and that of the regional council.


  • Landscaping – the pupils also maintain 170 dunam of grass, trees, shrubs, flowers, and other gardens. The landscaping of the village is unique and makes use of plants that represent Israeli flora as well as history.


  • Hydroponic greenhouse -  In March 2015, Ben Shemen inaugurated a computerized hydroponic greenhouse, the first of its kind in Israel.  In the greenhouse our pupils are exposed to the most innovative technologies for growing green leavy vegetables, and are able to conduct ground breaking agricultural experiments.



In conjunction with the Volcani Institute, the pupils participate in research in agriculture, biology and physics. In addition, the Village raises chickpeas using different fertilizers and serves as a test site for one of the biggest chickpea producers.

At Ben Shemen we believe that through working on the farm, students learn how to work as part of a team, mutual cooperation, develop leadership abilities and responsibility, develop a love for things that grow and animals, and become protective of their environment. All students in grades 9-12 work on the farm at least six hours a week.

Student Work/Study

Partnerships with Academic Institutions

Agricultural Research

The Ben Shemen Youth Village is pleased to collaborate with the Rechovot branch of Engineers Without Borders-Israel. Engineers Without Borders-Israel works to improve the quality of life for the population in Israel and populations in developing countries, through sustainable development projects.


The Rechovot branch was started by students at the Hebrew University Faculty of Food, Agriculture and Environment and includes students from other faculties, as well as young local professionals with backgrounds in engineering and design.


2015 projects at the Ben Shemen Youth Village include:

  • Environmental sculptures from recycled materials

  • Building a geodesic dome

  • Composting

  • Organic gardening

  • Bio-gas and bio diesel