The Sower) is a kibbutz
in northern Israel
. Located in the west of the Jezreel Valley
, it falls under the jurisdiction of Megiddo Regional Council
. In 2006 it had a population of 901.
HaZore'a is located on the western rim of the valley, surrounded by the HaZore'a Forest to the south and west of the kibbutz, Yokneam Moshava
to the north, the city of Yokneam
to the north-west and the fields and fishponds of the Jezreel Valley to the east. Some of the kibbutz is built upon the hillsides of two neighboring hills, whereas the rest of it extends upon the plain that stretches beneath them. Between those hills and throughout the kibbutz runs Hashofet Stream, a seasonal creek nicknamed "the wadi
" or "the forer" in local lingo.
As an organization, the kibbutz was founded in 1934 by Hashomer Hatzair
members from Germany
. The settlement itself was established two years later.
HaZore'a's industries include a plastics factory ("Plastopil" ), a cowshed, an aquaculture
complex ("HaZore'a Aquatics" ), a quality control
centre ("Maba" ) and various field crops.
As many other kibbutzes, HaZore'a is undergoing a complex process of change from the model of "the traditional kibbutz", where everything is equally shared, to a more "modern" form of settlement. However, as there is much controversy within the kibbutz regarding its future characteristics, the subject of change remains... Read More