Gush Etzion Foundation

The Kashuela Farm

The Kashuela Farm – Creating Zionism on the ground in the Land of Israel!

In the heart of Gush Etzion is an important and strategic site known as the Kashuela Farm.  Founded eight years ago, the farm, which is located in the beaufitful Lamed Heh Forest in southwest Gush Etzion near Gevaot, safeguards  the entire area from illegal Arab land grabs.

The farm is named after Ya’akov Zarchi Z”L, whose nickname was “Kashuela,” a Palmach fighter who was slated to be one of the “Lamed Heh,” but fell in battle at the Castel.

For eight years, Techiya and Yair Ben David and their five children have lived at the farm, with great dedication. Techiya and Yair, along with other volunteers have been fulfilling a Zionist vision of farming, raising sheep, and providing a site for tourists to visit in the Land of Israel.  They are adamant that if they were not in the forest at the Kashuela Farm, then Arabs from surrounding areas would take over the area, or would cut down the trees or carry out arson attacks, as has been the case many times before.



The Ben David Family at their home in Kashuela


Therefore, we started a campaign with the goal of helping the farm as there is an urgent need to upgrade its security.

The funds will be earmarked towards advanced security equipment, firefighting equipment, in addition to purchasing sheep thus increasing the flock, which is a crucial aspect in safeguarding state lands.

Please click on the “budget” button below for specific needs at the farm.




Item Details Cost (in USD)
Security/fire fighting
Generator $18,800
Vehicle For guard duty and rapid response in case of fire $25,000
fire stations and storage 10 units needed $3,000 per unit
Security cameras $185,000 ($51,500 has been raised)
Portable security cameras $20,800
firefighting equipment $5,000
Electric gate $12,700
Guard post $11,000
Guard post equipment $4,800
Security dogs Three dogs needed $3,200 per dog
Agriculture and land protection
Farming tractor $26,400
Sheep dog $3,750
Farm equipment for volunteers hoes, gloves, etc. $6,500
Sheep Sheep are needed in order to increase the flock and safeguard the area. $950 per animal
Trees $80 per tree
Total project cost:

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