Future plans

Concept plan for new site entrance
  • Circulation concept for new town square, site entrance

Town Squares & Heritage Centers

In small towns with strong cultural heritage remains we are working with municipalities, archaeological teams and other agencies to make heritage tourism work for the community.

At Umm al-Ji...

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Town Squares & Heritage Centers

In small towns with strong cultural heritage remains we are working with municipalities, archaeological teams and other agencies to make heritage tourism work for the community.

At Umm al-Jimal we hope to create a thriving town center in modern Umm al-Jimal focused around interpretive centers, crafts projects and food outlets, leading to the West Gate of the ancient city of Umm al-Jimal. Part of this development will be a Hauran Heritage Center which interprets the modern community and the recent past, and also serves the today's residents of Umm al-Jimal as a gathering place.

In Ma'an we hope to interpret Jordan's earliest municipality in its oldest municipality building, the Talhouni residence, built in 1910. We hope a newly thriving Souq al-Qadim and antiquities site will bring tourists from all over Jordan to discover one of Jordan's unique cities – and at the same time serve today's Maani citizens as public open space and a repository of recent cultural history.

One of our newest projects, at Busayra, plans to integrate the ancient archaeology of Busayra with a scenic modern village on the King's Highway. We will be posting news about Busayra before the end of the summer!

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  • location

    Amman

  • participations

    1

  • volunters

    15

Collecting zrungi at al-Khor, Petra Region, Spring 2013

Food Festivals

al-Hima supports and sponsors Slow Food Jordan, established only this spring, 2014. For more about Slow Food, see our facebook page ...

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Food Festivals

al-Hima supports and sponsors Slow Food Jordan, established only this spring, 2014. For more about Slow Food, see our facebook page ://www.facebook.com/pages/Slow-Food-Amman/1487647804790133

In association with Slow Food Amman, we will be staging a variety of food events, beginning this fall with a celebrationhttps of barley and other whole grains.

Why do whole grains matter to YOU?

Join us this fall to learn why! Discover more about the importance of barley and wheat in traditional Jordanian cuisine, and discover why reviving our use of whole grains is important to our health, our environment and to Jordan's food security. Especially if you are one of the thousands of Jordanians who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, please keep in touch.

Dates to be announced here soon!

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Other planned events include:

(2) Farm Tour (south Jordan - Ma'an Governorate)

This will be a smaller-scale event targeting food writers and cooks.  We invite fifty people for a weekend in south Jordan touring traditional farms and sampling produce that is unavailable in Amman.  The goal of this event is to connect producers with cooks, and to educate the public about the diversity of Jordan's produce.  We intend for this to be a twice-yearly event. [late summer 2014, late spring 2015]

(3) Sustainable Agriculture Workshops (south Jordan - Jibal al-Sherah)

In cooperation with the Department of Agriculture office in Shobak, al-Hima is organizing two workshops with farmers from our Traditional Crops Project.  Like-minded staff from the Dept. of Agriculture will meet with smallholders to discuss the revival of lower-tech, soil-conserving plowing methods and techniques to promote the banking of rainwater [April-May 2014]

(4) Ancient agriculture in Petra Region (Wadi Musa/ Petra)

During the archaeological dig season this summer, convene archaeologists and interested food enthusiasts to informal evening conversations with one scheduled archaeologist each week to talk about the evidence of early food-ways in the Petra Region.  This summer we will have a landscape archaeologist, two archaeologists studying Nabataean agriculture, and one paleobotanist studying Roman period agriculture [weekends, July 2014].

(5) Harvest event in local schools (Petra Region)

Most children in Jordan are very disconnected from the means of food production -- even in communities such as Wadi Musa, where their parents may even have been farmers and pastoralists when they were young.  As part of the curriculum on local history, al-Hima will host a harvest day for primary school students to learn about the agricultural basis of their Region before tourism became the main source of income, and to participate for a day in the local grain harvest [May 2015].

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  • location

    Amman

  • participations

    1

  • volunters

    15

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