Habiba Organic Farm (HOF) was founded in 2007 in the Bedouin town of Nuweiba, South Sinai. What was once a piece of empty, lifeless desert (in spite of its highly fertile soil), has became a production hub for wide variety of local grown organic products.
Collaboration between Bedouin natives of the Sinai, with researchers from across Egypt and France, and the generous efforts of volunteers from around the world led to the development of a high yielding, purely organic farm that continues to deliver healthy, fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs to the local community. Our aim is to highlight the benefits of organic practices to not only the local environment, but also to the communities that produce and consume our produce. HOF trials new varieties regularly, and acts as a hub for knowledge transfer between the farm, the Desert Research Center, Ain Shams University - , Suez Canal University and the local Bedouin tribes (Tarabin, Jabaleya, Muzeina).
We harvest many plant varieties all year round, including eggplant and asparagus. Winter crops include Fava Beans, Swiss Chard, Kohlrabi, Kale, Beetroot, Salad Leaves, Rocket, Parsley, Dill, Fennel, Quinoa, Spinach, Onions and Garlic; with a wide selection of tomatoes grown under cover. Summer crops include Okra, Molokia, Peanuts, Melon, Water Melon, Pumpkin and Sesame Seeds. We are also growing mulberries, olives, pomegranates, corn, medjoul dates, and a growing selection of herbs; including basil, wild mint (habak) and rosemary.
The mission of Habiba Organic Farm is to promote sustainable agriculture and the permaculture lifestyle within Nuweiba’s local community and the surrounding Sinai, the farm aspires to set a successful example to be followed by locals across the peninsula.