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Kibbutz Shaar Haamakim by Bensaret Kibbutz Shaar Haamakim by Bensaret
Here is the kibbutz I stay at, or at least a small part of it. This is actually the main grass-park you see when you come in the gates and take a left; past the grass is the laundry building, and the towers beyond it are the grain mill and silo -- when you climb to the top tower you get a great view of the surrounding area, though all the grain leaves lots of white marks on your clothes when you go up it.
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RocMegamanX Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...Wow, I didn't know you were...ahem, I'll just shut up now before I say and/or do something I'll regret.
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SunGryphon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Green! But what exactly is a "kibbutz"?
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Bensaret Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
A kibbutz is a commune town, they're all over Israel. Kibbutzim often have their own agricultural industry (farms, livestock, fields, orchards, etc...), manufacturing industry (Shaar Haamakim makes solar collecotrs for electricity and water-heating --> [link] ), or some combination of the like. Profits from the work are spread throughout the kibbutz and put into the community. I loved visiting there, because they were self-contained, pleasant, quiet, had lots of space to walk around in, and were safe to wander around in at any time of the night.
Unfortunately, kibbutzim were prolific back in the mid-to-late 20th century, but with Israel's booming population and economy a lot of people moved out of them and into the more urban areas of the country -- who wants to share everything they make with everyone else, after all? As a result, it was kinda depressing when I went there last since there was such an obvious drop in population. Plus a lot of kibbutzim are losing money or going bankrupt because they can't support themselves anymore. Shaar Haamakim is staying afloat due to their solar collector industry (good business in a place as sunny as Israel), but a lot of the others just aren't what they used to be.
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SunGryphon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's both amazing and sad. So they are a bit like the Amish in America? It's too bad that places like this are dying out, we really should have more of them. Thank you for explaining.
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