Sania Shqeer, a member and board member of Al Zawyeh co–op.
Olive farming is not just economically important in the West Bank — it is culturally important as well. Many of the olive trees on our producer partners' farms are hundreds of years old, and they hold an almost sacred significance for some farmers. Some of the trees have been passed down from generation to generation, and represent deep familial ties to the land.
Mohammed Hmidat, of the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee, puts it this way: "Olive oil is part of our culture. During harvest all the mountains are full of people, with music, people singing with their voices; it's like a festival, it's beautiful. The children come back from school and go to the fields, the whole family is there."
Equal Exchange is proud to support these farmers and their families as they rejuvenate their agricultural livelihoods.
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