Welcome to Jordan

“Welcome to Jordan”

Cycling in the ever-changing landscapes of Jordan has been magical. In 100km you could be below sea level and quickly rise up to 1400m crossing wadis, sandy deserts and rocky mountains. Ultimately, the extremely friendly and intelligent people we met here in Jordan enriched our stay. We heard the phrase “Welcome to Jordan” hundreds of times everywhere we went. All the time, people would invite us for tea. Often we would also be offered a meal (even the police officer!) and a place to stay overnight or even longer. We spent a month and a half in Jordan and during this time Jordan has stolen our hearts. 

Often we think of Jordan as an arid area, where nothing can really grow. It’s sandy and hot, right? We’ve had to deal with all kinds of climates here from chilly mornings in the hills to extreme heat in the city and coastal areas. As a result of the big difference in climate zones, a large variety of fruits and vegetables are growing in Jordan from bananas to apples and dates… I think our diet looks better than ever because of the wide range of fruits and vegetables and the richness of the food culture. We thought we would lose weight on this mission. But in Jordan, everything turned around; we probably gained weight! 

We’ve visited four regenerative farms in Jordan (Taybeh Farm, Bayoudha village farmers’ cooperative, Carob Farm & Metaland). We have met dedicated, hard-working, intelligent people who are dedicated to change the food system. They are thinking critically about how to create a new model that makes sense. A model that doesn’t deplete the environment and leaves soil better for future generations. While in the Balkans we struggled to find regenerative farms, here in Jordan we found 4 and there are many more (great reason for us to go back). A possible explanation could be that Jordan is experiencing serious challenges (water scarcity, salinity and biodiversity losses) due to climate change, unlike in Europe where we are slowly being introduced to the challenges and feel like we still have time to adapt our agricultural practices in the future.

Good things takes time and requires continuous change

As we grow the Cycle to Farms project grows✨ Currently, we are working on a new content making strategy. Most of it will stay the same, we will keep cycling and visiting farms, but we will work on the farms videos later on. Now we will enjoy the trip, learn from the farmers and will do our best to record all these interactions with less rush and more focus. So that later these learnings could impact more people.

By the way, we actively share our daily lives on Instagram and Facebook. Check it out if you have any of those apps.

Tell us also about what you think about the new strategy 🙂

Greeting from Nuweiba, Egypt where we are now visiting Habibba Community Farm!

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Lukas & Aisha

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