Critters Cause Holey Problems

Holy Land Garden


One word describes this quarter: “hot.” The weather here in the Holy Land Garden is some of the hottest weather we have ever experienced. In fact, the ground is cracking due to the lack of moisture. 


There is an adage in this country that says, “Before you plant, make sure you have water.” Now, that may sound like common sense to some of you, but I grew up in a part of Iowa where we never had to worry about water or the need to irrigate. In the Holy Land Garden and the surrounding area, everyone relies on irrigation. This time of year, all the crops and orchards are irrigated 100% of the time.  


Part of my daily routine is to make sure the fruit trees are getting adequate water. We use plastic water lines and have timed valves to make sure we are watering at regulated times. Unfortunately, there are a variety of other “critters” that try to poke holes in the water lines to get to the water. Once or twice a week, it is now necessary to check all the lines while the water is on to see the new leaks and properly fix them to avoid loss of water. 


Establishing new friendships is a great part of the Holy Land Garden project. A good example of that is Aharon*. Aharon has been helping me with several tasks. It seems like we always have plumbing issues to repair, and he has been very willing to help keep the fruit trees watered.      


As we evaluate financial needs, we could really use help purchasing a garden tiller. The cost of the tiller is $2,000. This piece of equipment will be very helpful for future use with agricultural projects. Thank you for your consideration. 


Thank you!


GHNI Partner & Transformational Community Development (TCD) Worker

*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, "Aharon” is a pseudonym for the individual being helped by this project