A Tour of kibbutz ketura
Duration: 1-2 hours
Come visit Kibbutz Ketura for a hands-on encounter with a vibrant, cooperative community which has upheld its traditional values while transforming itself from an almost exclusively agricultural kibbutz to a leader in entrepreneurial and innovative technology.
The tour includes an in-depth presentation of the kibbutz history,
its democratic system of governance, cooperative economy and unique pluralistic and egalitarian religious character. Visitors tour the diverse kibbutz branches which enable us to support the thriving community of 500 people:
Algatechnologies, our algae factory, which produces Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant derived from fresh water algae. Visitors view the growth cycle in an extensive network of glass tubes, and learn about the uses of Astaxanthin.
Ketura Sun - the first photovoltaic solar field in the Middle East, which harnesses the blazing sun's energy to produce 5 megawatts of clean electricity that flow into the Israeli electric grid.
Our dairy farm, where 500 Holstein cows provide the Kibbutz Yotvata Dairy with 10,000 liters of milk per day. Visitors can inspect our milking parlor and newborn calves and learn about the daily challenges of raising livestock in a desert climate.
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AEIS), whose researchers and students from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and around the world study a range of environmental issues from a trans-boundary and interdisciplinary perspective while learning peace-building and leadership skills.
The adjacent Solar Technologies Validation and Testing Centre, where entrepreneurs seeking to test their innovative prototypes make use of the optimal conditions in the Arava – the "Valley of the Sun."
A visit to our date grove, which yields an annual harvest of 600 tons of Medjool and Deglet Nour dates, can be combined with the tour.
All tours conclude with a visit to Ketura's oldest and most distinguished resident: Methuselah, the date tree sprouted from a 2,000 year-old seed unearthed during the original archaeological digs at Masada. Guests are then invited to the Keren Kolot lobby, where they can enjoy refreshments and stock up on our delicious dates, Astaxanthin capsules, Marula fruit liqueur and Argan oil.
Visitors can combine the tour with lunch at the kibbutz dining hall, for a delicious meal and a firsthand encounter with communal kibbutz life and members of the community. The tour is complimentary for those staying at our guesthouse.