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COME TO PALESTINE AND MEET OUR FARMERS

It’s easy to fall in love with Palestine. There are the holy shrines, the historical treasures, the beautiful landscapes, the rich culture, the delicious cuisine, and the legendary hospitality! Many tourism companies in Palestine offer programs to experience all this, but through Canaan, we will show you another side of Palestine, a unique & authentic experience to learn about the unbreakable bond Palestinians have with their land and  their thousands of years old olive trees. Learn about ancient sustainable farming practices in Palestine and what we do to preserve and enable these ancient traditions. Learn about Fair Trade & organic farming, and how we produce the best quality of olive oil, almonds, and other delicacies from Palestine. Tour our state-of-the-art olive oil and food processing facilitiesvisit our farming communitiesmeet our farmers, work on their land, and stay overnight with farming families & experience their life style. Every farmer has a story to tell, and they love sharing it with the world!

What you can experience all year round: 

Farming is year round in Palestine.  Every month, every season has its delights and beauty. Anytime you come during the year, you can:

Tour our state-of-the-art facilities

Learn about the Palestine Fair Trade Association - PFTA & CANAAN’s work and what we do to empower thousands of rural Palestinian farming families. Tour our state-of-the-art facilities at the Canaan headquarters in Burqin. Full tour includes tasting and a cup of mint tea under the shade of the olive trees in Canaan's olive orchard.Tour time: 45  minutes - 1 hour.  More details here.

 

We can offer you a farm stay like no other

Meet our farmers, visit their farms, experience their lifestyle, see ancient Rumi trees, hike our beautiful landscapes, eat and stay overnight with fairtrade farming families. Their hospitality is unforgettable! Write to tours@canaanfairtrade.com to register for a homestay or plan your visit! See rate list below.

 

Hike the beautiful landscapes of Jenin!

Spend half a day hike in Jenin-area mountains, with spectacular views of the region and anthropological guide to the landscapes! Discover the sociology of the land, and the intimate experience local inhabitants have with their land. Picnic Lunch and discussion on top of the mountain (Jabal Al Aqra' – very beautiful!). Plant species identified with an overview of the area's geography and history. (Minimum: 5 people). See rate list below.

 

Learn how to cook Palestinian!

Starting this September, you & your group can enjoy learning how to cook & prepare traditional Palestininian dishes suitable for everyone, professional chefs, food lovers, and Middle East tourists. Pick the dish ingredients with Palestinian women from the market, then bring it to Canaan's cafeteria to cook it & enjoy eating it together afterwards. Each cooking class will be coordinated according to participants preferences, interests & needs. Activity time: around 3 hours. (Minimum: 5 people). 

You can also arrange for your group to enjoy a traditional Palestinian meal prepared by the women cooperatives without the cooking class. (minimum: 5 people).  See rate list below.

 

LIVE THE SEASONS WITH OUR FARMERS!

Below is a yearly calendar of what to see and do on a farmstay with a fair trade farm family. Every season has its plantings and its harvests.  Our farmers are busy all year!  We have farmers from Ramallah to Jenin. Stay in different villages with farm family hosts, members of  Canaan's village cooperatives and women's cooperatives. Experience the culture, heritage, history, cuisine and the amazing hospitality of the Palestinian people.  Welcome to village life!  Choose your favourite time of the year to visit and email us about your plans: tours@canaanfairtrade.com.   See rate list below.

Note for your consideration: The following dates are estimate times of the seasons, and it can vary from year to year depending on many factors.

 
 

January

February

         

March

  • Green, springy, and beautiful Palestine! Plants start to develop & bloom (Canaan Za’atar starts to grow, wild plants, herbs, wild flowers everywhere!). Best time of the year for hikes, picnics, mountain lunches; beautiful weather.
  • You could arrange a day hike for you & your group in Jenin-area mountains, with spectacular views of the region and anthropological guide to the landscapes! Discover the sociology of the land, and the intimate experience local inhabitants have with their land. Picnic Lunch and discussion on top of the mountain (Jabal Al Aqra' – very beautiful!). Plant species identified with an overview of the area's geography and history.
  • Green Almonds Season!
  • Tomato planting by farming cooperatives.
  • Green Za’atar harvesting by women cooperatives.

April 

  • Za’atar harvesting by women cooperatives continues.
  • Mid-April: Sesame seeds planting starts.
  • Near end of April: Freekeh harvest starts! See & learn about the whole process of producing the hottest grain of the year, Freekeh!
  • Basil Planting for Canaan’s Basil Infused olive oils & pestos.
  • End of April: Olive blossoms.

           

May 

  • Freekeh season continues. See & learn about how freekeh is produced [harvesting, flame-roasting, sundrying, cracking]

June 

  • Harvesting ‘mature’ wheat for Maftoul.
  • Mid/End of June: Maftoul rolling by women cooperatives start. Experience rolling Maftoul with your farm family!
  • Basil Harvesting Season.
  • Sundried Tomato Season.

         

July

  • Almond harvest season starts! Spend a few days with almond farmers, and pick those delicious nuts with farming families. See & learn about the whole process of producing, finishing, and packing almonds by Canaan.
  • Women cooperatives are still busy rolling Maftoul. Experience your own Maftoul workshop!
  • Sundried tomato Season continues.
  • Basil Harvesting Season.
  • Wild caper Collection by our wild collectors for Canaan’s Tapenades. 

August 

  • Beginning – mid August: Almond Harvest Season continues. Spend a few days with almond farmers, and pick those delicious nuts with farming families.
  • Za’atar picking & processing by women cooperatives.
  • Sesame harvest season starts.
  • Sundried tomato Season continues.
  • Basil Collection for Canaan’s pestos & basil infused olive oil

     

      

September 

  • Green olives picking – for table green olives.
  • Sesame Harvest season continues.

 

October 

  • The big season is here: The olive harvest! Stay for up to two weeks with farming families, pick olives, enjoy healthy picnic lunch in the fields under the olive trees, take olives to the press, watch & learn about the process of producing olive oil; welcome to village life! 

       

November 

  • JARU’A is here! Share the joy and celebration of the harvest with Canaan team, farmers and international visitors at the Canaan headquarters in Burqin. Taste fresh olive oil straight from the press and enjoy the traditional harvest meal served in the olive orchards. Folk dancing, singing and bonfires till after dark. Join our annual olive harvest festival!
  • Beginning/Mid November: Olive Harvest Season continues. Pick those olives with our farmers, and stay for up to two weeks!
  • Wheat planting season.
 

December

  • Wheat planting season

                                   

Join our 10th Annual Olive Harvest Festival! 

Under the sounds of beautiful Palestinian folkloric music, and under the shades of ancient olive trees, join our farmers, women cooperatives, international customers & visitors in celebrating the most joyful season in Palestine! We are pleased to invite you to Canaan Fair Trade's 10th Annual Olive Harvest Festival to be held on Friday November 6th, 2015 at Canaan's headquarters in Burqin - Jenin.

Enjoy a delicious traditional home-made Musakhan meal prepared by our Palestinian women cooperatives, taste the whole range of Canaan's delicacies in our state-of-the-art showroom & tour the Canaan facilities to learn about the whole process of producing olive oil & other products from start to end! Get your supply of fresh olive oil coming out of the press, enjoy dabkeh & other folkloric performances and be part of the exciting festival activities with us! Fresh hot Taboon bread, hot mint tea made made on bonfires, Palestinian desserts, dancing, mingling and lots of fun till after dark! Experience the joy of the olive harvest with the farmers sharing their intimacy with land and the trees they serve. See Festival Flyer for further details. 

For reservations, please email tours@canaanfairtrade.com, or call: 04 - 2431 991/2

See pictures from last year's Jaru'a here.

Looking forward celebrating with you all!
 

RATES

Canaan Facility Tour
Includes the full tour, tasting + cup of mint tea under the shades of olive trees in Canaan’s olive orchard: 20 ILS Per Person. See full details here.

Overnight Stays

If you wish to homestay with a farm family and experience their amazing hospitality, accommodation stipend is 150 ILS per person per night; includes dinner. This money would be provided to the Palestine Fair Trade Association, and they compensate farmers for hospitality expenses.

Traditional Cooking Class 
150 ILS per person, includes a walk in the vegetable market, cooking class, & full meal. 

Meals
We can arrange for your group to enjoy a traditional Palestinian lunch/dinner prepared by our women cooperatives. Menu includes:
Light meal: Salads, cheeses, cold meals, drinks: 50 ILS per person
Full meal: hot traditional Palestinian dish, salads, drink: 100 ILS per person

Mountain Hikes
Half-a-day hike in the spectacular landscapes of Jenin, includes a picnic lunch on the mountains: 150 ILS per person.

Olive Harvest Festival
50 ILS per person [includes entrance, festival activities, and lunch]. Please see festival section here for more details.

 

BOOK YOUR TOUR

Tell us you’re coming, and we will arrange your homestay or program! Fill out Application Formand send it to us at tours@canaanfairtrade.com. For more information, please call: +972 (0) 4 234-1991/2 or contact tours@canaanfairtrade.com.

 

Canaan always welcomes visitors to Palestine:                

Canaan welcomes Interfaith Peace-Builders to Jenin this November 2015, as part of the Olive Harvest Delegation.  Every year, the IFPB Olive Harvest Delegation visits Jenin for an uplifting farm stay and to share in the Jaru'a festivities with Canaan's empowered fair trade farmers and workers. 

 

Many tours stop at Canaan and the PFTA throughout the year.  Ask if your trip will.  Questions?  Contact us.  A comprehensive list of tours of Palestine can be found on the Friends of Sabeel - North America website under Alternative Travel Listing.


Run Across Palestine was February 2012.  On The Ground and the PFTA celebrate the Run Across Palestine. This ultra marathon is still raising funds and awareness for the fair trade olive farmers of Palestine, planting trees and providing scholarships for children of olive farmers.  The purpose of the Run was to help re-establish sustainable olive growing practices in Palestine, whose history, economy, culture and identity is rooted in the ancient olive tree.  See the videos from this amazing adventure here in HD.