Avichai Koch lived and worked in the world of Hi Tech in Tel Aviv, until 2003. At that time, he and his wife decided to follow their Zionistic dreams and move to Moshav Tkuma in the northern Negev where they could be an active part in building the country and taking a stronger part in Israel’s developing history and agriculture.
Avichai started out by working for Kibutz Sa’ad in the farming business, where he worked from sunrise to sunset mainly on the carrots harvester, earning a third of his previous income. Nonetheless, he felt like the happiest person on earth. In his words, “God created us land workers and anything else is not natural…”
As Avichai’s farm is situated only 4 miles from the Gaza strip, it has suffered missile damage to his warehouses in the past. In spite of the difficulties he faces, he continues to farm and work the land. Avichai is also one of the few Jewish farmers in Isael that have decided to keep the mitzvah of Shmitta in full and not work the land for the entire year.
Today, Avichai has an organic farm where he grows organic vegetables in greenhouses for the local market. Avichai incorporates modern agricultural technology with organic farming methods to grow healthy produce without chemical and pesticide intervention.
Avichai lectures to groups around the world, and has presented to groups of all ages.
Suggested Talks and Discussion Topics:
- Farming in Israel – Israeli Agri-Tech in the Real World
- The Challenge and Blessing of Observing the Laws of Shemittah
- Living, Working and Farming at the Edge of the Gaza Strip