In 1965 our factory Netafim was established. We produce and market mainly low flow irrigation products and drip systems.(http://www.netafim.com/)
The business developed more rapidly than even our greatest expectations. Netafim pioneered drip irrigation in the sixties and is today Israel’s leading producer in that field as well as being a world leader in the development of modern irrigation methods.
Netafim in Israel is comprised of three manufacturing plants at three different kibbutzim, Yftach in the north, Magal in the center and Hatzerim in the south.
Netafim has 17 production factories around the world in which more than 4,000 workers are employed.
Drip irrigation usage saves water and fertilizers and gives considerably greater yields, thus contributing to the environment and to the need to increase food production in the world.
Farming on the kibbutz has been greatly reduced lately and our agricultural side now consists of the milk farm (300 dairy cows) and jojoba plantations. Jojoba Israel is a relatively new industrial venture established by the kibbutz to extract oil from jojoba beans, which is exported for use in the cosmetics industry. There are now thousands of dunams of green Jojoba plants growing around the kibbutz, irrigated with Netafim drippers and treated sewage water. Oil is extracted from the Jojoba beans in a modern fully automatic plant on the kibbutz.
Visit our legacy site which tells the story of the amazing journey and of the great people who built and designed Netafim - netafimlegacy
Other profitable branches of the kibbutz are the dairy farm, the law offices, a craft shop, kennels, dancing academy and others.
Many kibbutz members now work outside of the kibbutz in their profession and their salary contributes to the kibbutz economy.
Kibbutz Hatzerim Today
Our entire economy is based on the work of more than 480 members and in total there are about 1000 people who live on the kibbutz.
Some children born on the kibbutz have already become members while others have left and chosen a different way of life.
A large number of our children who have left school are currently engaged in various activities.
These include a years community service for high school graduates who are allowed by the army
to defer their draft for a year, military service for both boys and girls,
higher education or working on the kibbutz while they decide what they want to do.
The kibbutz grants its children 15 years of education.
At present there are about 270 children up to the age of 18, at which age they are due to enter the army.
Our kibbutz elementary school is a local school dedicated to the promotion of the values of community, nature and art and our high school students study at the nearby Eshel Hanasi Regional Comprehensive High School.
Since 1978 our children up to the age of 15 sleep at home, after that if they wish they can transfer to the youth area .
Hatzerim today is a multi generation community, with members, children, grandchildren and we have been joined by retired parents of members from Israel and abroad.
The founding members have reached retirement age but still contribute where they can to the kibbutz. The kibbutz has set aside appropriate savings for pension funds and for grants to children who decide to leave the kibbutz.
As a kibbutz with many graduates of the scouts and of Habonim Dror we take an active part in the ongoing educational work of these movements including sending educational emissaries (shlichim) abroad.
During the seventies and eighties we adopted and helped two young kibbutzim during their early days, Ketura in the Arava valley near Eilat and Har-Amasa in the Hebron area.
Together with a group of educators we helped to establish Kedma, an educational youth village situated about 80kms north of us.
Our most significant on-going social undertaking is the absorption of Israeli youth within the framework of Youth Aliya. Four such groups have completed their high school education with us since 1976.
Our modern dining room is need of extension, there is a modern laundry, sports stadium, a small performance hall, a small supermarket for everyday basic needs, social club for meetings and cultural activities, a functional pub, nursing care centre for whoever is in need etc.
Kibbutz Hatzerim is a collective community that encourages everyone to be involved, equality and solidar
ity, a caring community. The core values of Hatzerim are
1. mutual ownership of the assets.
2. personal budgets according to family size and needs, preventing any kind of differential income.
3. mutual responsibility mainly in education, health, and care
4. decisions democratically taken by the members
5. keeping a standard of living that reflects the economical state of the kibbutz within a long term view
It is the obligation of every member of the kibbutz to provide an income and be active in the day to day running of the kibbutz and
contribute to the welfare of the kibbutz.
The kibbutz is obliged to develop sources of suitable employment for all of its members.
where are we on the map?
Kibbutz Hatzerim is located about 8kms west of Beer Sheva in a relatively arid area with an average rainfall of up to 180mm., there have been years of drought when the rainfall did not even reach 100mm.