If you’re planning your Tunisia itinerary and looking for interesting things to do around Tunis, the Mornag Eco-Farm is well worth a visit. Just south of sprawling Tunis, the farm has been modeling sustainability since 2011 for a young generation of Tunisians.
History of the Mornag Eco-Farm
Amine Draoui founded the Mornag Eco-Farm just after the 2011 revolution. After studying and working in Europe, Amine desired to pass on some of the sustainable environmental principles and techniques he’d learned over the years. In a country that’s still in the development stages of sustainability issues, he knew the best way to teach about environmental practices would be to model them.
Amine bought a piece of land in the fertile farming region of Mornag. There was a lot of work to do as the land was full of large stones and litter, all of which had to be removed. After this, Amine began to implement the vision of his project – grow plants, fruits, and vegetables using permaculture techniques, and build using only sustainable materials.
The Mornag Eco-Farm Is An Educational Experience About Sustainable Farming Practices in Tunisia
Now several years later, the eco-farm has been transformed into a green haven of Mediterranean landscape. Amine has designed the farm to be an educational experience for young and old alike. He uses the wide variety of plants, vegetables, fruit trees, and farm animals to teach school groups, NGO’s, families, and travelers about environmental issues and sustainable farming practices in Tunisia.
The farm’s buildings are also a teaching point as the majority of them have been constructed using earthbags – polypropylene bags filled with local gravel and dirt, which are piled to make the construction.
Eco-Tour Overnight in Tunisia at the Mornag Eco-Farm
The Mornag Eco-Farm is very accessible if part of your stay is in Tunis. You can arrange for a short visit to the farm, or the best way to experience it is to stay overnight. You’ll experience the peacefulness of the countryside, the delicious meals prepared with ingredients from the farm, and the company of Amine and his crew. Mornag is a great location to explore surrounding sites such as Zaghouan, Takrouna, Oudhna, and the Cap Bon area. Amine is also a trained nature guide, and you can arrange to hike in the surrounding regions.
Engaging Cultures Travel commends Amine and his team’s efforts in their work to promote sustainability in Tunisia. Keep up the good work!
If you’d like help planning a visit to the Mornag Eco-Farm, or any other portion of your Tunisia itinerary, we’d be happy to help. Contact us, and we’ll get back to you, no strings attached.
Austin learned the power of authentic travel during a year home-stay experience in Brazil. Since then, he’s been passionate about connecting deeply with other cultures and helping fellow travelers do the same. He and his wife have lived in Tunisia for several years. He continues to be surprised by the hidden gems the country has to offer, as well as the hospitality and kindness of the Tunisian people.
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