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Our farm, Les Racines du Ciel,” (the roots of the sky) is located on a cliff side in the Nahr Ibrahim valley above the city of Jbeil. We (Raed, Joanna and our son Nour) live here all year long with the help of Miguel, Mohammad and Hamid.

The principal charm of the village of Lassa, where Raed’s father was born, is the grandiose landscape in which it is situated. The land belongs to Raed’s father who bought them some 30 years ago and built terraces in them to plant apple trees. He also built two houses which in summer welcome the whole family looking for a bit of fresh air and tranquility.

Since early days, the Chami family had been working the land until Raed decided to take over after we spent over a year traveling the world as far as India.

To acquire the necessary experience, Raed spent several months in France learning the basics of food growing and beekeeping from a small farmer who dabbled in biodynamic agriculture. Finally, in 2015, he decided to convert the orchard to organic agriculture and to start growing vegetables between the trees. Joanna rejoined him in the spring of that year after she had completed her degree in sustainable architecture.

And that’s when it all begun!