About Bustan Thom
Bustan Thom (Thom’s Orchard) was established in 2010 in order to continue the values of Captain Thom Farkas, a fighter pilot that was killed in 2006, during the Second Lebanon War, while on his way back from a mission in Lebanon trying to stop the bombardment of the Hezbollah rockets.
Thom loved life and everything they had to offer. In his humble and special way, Thom shined in everything he chose to do, but above all he shined as a person.
The Orchard, which symbolized has been established to by which Thom and many other soldiers risked their lives to ensure the continuation and safe existence for the rest of the citizens of Israel and Jews all over.
Bustan Thom is an environmental, ecological, educational center -symbolizes LIFE, co-existence of man with nature and man with man. It teaches about taking personal reasonability for the country and the society we live in. It encourages thoughtfulness and fairness.
The center’s hands on programs, enable all visitors to reconnect with nature, and understand the importance of agriculture in our lives. The program’s goals are, that all Visitors, internalize the lessons and will want to also take part in the Ecological Revolution that is important to our health and future existence.
Bustan Thom started its activities 10 years ago. It is run and maintained by volunteers who are a testament of our main message
As a learning center, we conduct actives for thousands of children of all ages and socio-economic back ground.
We have special programs for youth and “at risk youth” where they contribute their time and volunteer to help with the agricultural duties. This provides them with a sense of empowerment and the feeling of being able to contribute to the society they are part of.
The above is also done with groups of senior citizens and children and adults with special needs.
We host many army units, soldiers that need special preparation to help them acclimatize and reach their potential in the army to special forces units that connect to the place that symbolized the continuation of life.
All these groups and visitors find the experience in Bustan Thom a unique, powerful and eye-opening experience.
The goals of Bustan Thom are:
Teaching the values of co-existence between man and nature and mankind’s role in protecting nature.
Raising awareness to the importance of Agriculture in our lives how we cannot live without it and the role it played in establishing the state of Israel and the zionist movement.
Showing the solutions that the Organic Movement has developed to maintain sustainability
Use of biological traps instead of spraying pesticides
Using compost to nourish the soil and the plants instead of chemicals
Cleaning and re using water using wetlands
Strengthening the message of our ability to change and affect our future and the earth’s future.