High-tech agriculture, technological hothouses, computerized packing houses, experiments, grafts, innovative developments, climate control, and water desalination are the name of the game in the 21st century. All the Arava farmers are meticulously monitored for cleanliness, ecology, garbage collection, and pest control during off season. There is an increased level of environmental awareness within the communities themselves. The regional council has distributed separate containers for the disposal of organic waste and paper. All plastic products and cardboard cartons are recycled, and greenhouse gasses are converted into compost.
Yair Station will be dressing up in its holiday best for the visitors' day. A grove of baobab trees will be on display for the public. Hundreds of booths with agricultural products and tools will be on display, along with exhibits on organic agriculture, fish breeding, water preservation and recycling, climate control, quality control, biological control, water, and ecology. There will also be exhibitions of local produce including all types of fruits and vegetables, peppers, colorful cherry tomatoes, melons, and organically-grown herbs.
In addition, visitors will see flowers and tropical fish unique to the Arava, including guppies, clown fish that look like Captain Nemo, and ornamental crabs for cleaning aquariums. There will also be a farmers' market where visitors can purchase hiking and camping equipment, ceramics made by local artists, natural cosmetics, cheese from local dairies, artwork, jewelry, and organic food products.
Among the tours available are:
• The Faran scenic lookout, on the southern slopes of the Negev Mountains, about 100 kilometers north of Eilat. It is situated on a hilltop next to the Arava highway, just south of Moshav Faran, and can be reached by turning south off the road that leads to the moshav (Route 90 at the 108th kilometer mark). On clear days you can see Jebel Aaron on the Jordanian side of the border, where Aaron is believed to be buried.
• "Mlo-Hateneh", where visitors can pick their own produce in an organic hothouse.
• A visit to the Jabal Hufira scenic lookout and the aloe vera house in Ein Yahav.
• A tour of Kibbutz Elot, including the Mekorot water desalination facility, the border crossing, and the kibbutz fields. Visitors can hear the story of how palm scions were brought to Israel from Iraq, and see the flamingos in the salt pools.
• A tour of Kibbutz Neot Smadar including the Artists House overlooking the orchards, fields, and mud houses, and a visit to the artists' galleries and roadside inn where kibbutz produce is sold.
• A tour of Kibbutz Elifaz where Dutch cows are raised. Visitors can taste pomelos and dates and tour the green wetlands.
• Visitors to Kibbutz Ketura can visit the botanical gardens and see chocolate fruits, merula, and other exotic fruits. They can also visit the factory where algae are raised and see the energy park where solar energy is produced. The "A'randal" Farm will be open to the public for the first time and tours will be offered that tell the story of the region's 2,000-year history, from the days of the Spice Route to the Ottoman Empire, the British Mandate, and the War of Independence. The farm is now a tourist attraction and grows organic produce and olive oil.
• A tour of Kibbutz Yahel, including the cowshed, sheep pens, fields, and orchards, and the pomelo grove where visitors can pick and taste the fruit. Visitors will hear the story of the kibbutz's unique ties with its Jordanian neighbors.
These tours will last from two to three and a half hours. Some are free of charge, and those that cost NIS 50 for each vehicle are free of charge to guests of the local bed and breakfasts.