Kmehin, founded in 1988, is a moshav named after the Hebrew word for the truffle mushroom. The village is located in Pitchat Nitzana, around 70 km south of Beer Sheba, near Holot Agur Nature Reserve, 4 Km from border with Egypt. This area is considered optimal when it comes to agricultural conditions including soil, water and climate. Thus, Kmehin has become associated with advanced agriculture designated mainly for export. The main crop in the village is cherry tomatoes grown in greenhouses. Irrigation with the local brackish (semi-saline) subterranean water prevents water shortage and improves the quality of the crops. Other crops cultivated in Kmehin are flowers, bell peppers, potatoes and select herbs.
Agriculture is very much a way of life in Kmehin, a true paradise for those who love the soil and its fruit. Each family, in addition to their home, has some 70,000m2 of agricultural land. Some residents provide catering services based on their home-grown produce and others are engaged in professional work in the village and the Ramat Hanegev region.
In addition to cultivating the soil, Kmehin’s residents cultivate their community. The 35 families presently residing in Kmehin organize joint activities throughout the year, including parties for the holidays, activities for children, cultural events, local activities by youth movement etc. The village also has a library, synagogue, adult club, children’s club and youth club, postal services and a playground. Medical services are provided at the Nitzana Youth Village, just minutes away, and they enjoy the swimming pool at nearby Kadesh Barnea or Nitzana.
Quality of life, magical desert serenity, personal safety, busy community life and optimal soil, water and climate conditions – all these make Kmehin an attractive place for residence and ideal for maintaining an agricultural way of life and livelihood. Not only that, Kmehin encourages people who wish to realize the great potential embodied in desert tourism in Ramat Hanegev and develop private ventures supported by the community, and the regional council.