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Neot Smadar (Hebrew: נְאוֹת סְמָדַר‬) is a kibbutz in southern Israel. Located in the Arabah, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Eilot Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 230.[1]

Neot Smadar
Neot Semadar oasis.s.jpg
Neot Smadar is located in Southern Negev region of Israel
Neot Smadar
Neot Smadar
Coordinates: 30°2′53.88″N 35°1′31.43″E / 30.0483000°N 35.0253972°E / 30.0483000; 35.0253972Coordinates: 30°2′53.88″N 35°1′31.43″E / 30.0483000°N 35.0253972°E / 30.0483000; 35.0253972
District Southern
Council Hevel Eilot
Affiliation Kibbutz Movement
Founded 1989
Population (2017)[1] 230
Website www.neot-semadar.com

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HistoryEdit

Neot Smadar is located in the southern Negev about 70 km. north of Eilat. The kibbutz was established in 1989, on the grounds of an abandoned kibbutz, Shizafon. Neot Smadar is as an organic community featuring architecturally unique buildings with passive cooling towers. The Art Center houses 14 workshops for Stained glass, ceramics, textile, wood and metals. The building is insulated with mud bricks, with "air conditioning" supplied by a desert cooling tower.

EconomyEdit

 
Neot Smadar arts center

The economy is based on agriculture, with 500 dunams of organically cultivated vineyards, deciduous trees, olives, date plantations and an herb garden.[2] Olive oil is produced in a cold press set up with assistance from ICA and Israel's Ministry of Industry and Trade in 2001. The high-quality oil has been conferred the highest grade by Israel's Olive Council.

The kibbutz operates a boutique organic winery and produces a variety of cheeses from fresh goat milk. Its roadside restaurant, Pundak Neot Smadar, offers vegetarian food and sells the kibbutz's organic products.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Rising from nothing in the desert, idealists now work amid water, orchards, gardens and fish The New Farm

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