Regenerative Agriculture

Heenat Salma Farm stands proudly as Qatar’s sole certified organic soil-based farm, deeply rooted in the principles of permaculture and regenerative agriculture. Pioneering sustainable farming practices and ecological transformation in the country, we envision Heenat Salma Farm as a living laboratory that transforms arid zones into productive land, fighting desertification and improving the food supply chain in Qatar which results in the overall health of the nation.

Methodology Overview

Working with the local and global leading research institutions, including Soil Association, Biological and Environmental Sciences Department at Qatar University and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, we seek to share organic farming principles with farmers, locals, landowners, and policymakers. Heenat Salma follows the principles of regenerative agriculture, a practice of cultivating and maintaining vital soil. For soil to yield vital produce, it must first be alive.

By providing compost, mulching, organic fertilizers and with adapted soil tillage practices, we enhance the capacity of soil to hold water and a microbial community providing nutrients for the plants. This stands in stark contrast to the extensive use of synthetic fertilizers and the industrialization of agriculture that try to fill directly plant needs without considering the soil ecosystem.

Vision and Mission

We envision Heenat Salma Farm as a living laboratory that transforms arid zones into productive land, fighting desertification and improving the food supply chain in Qatar which results in the overall health of the nation.

The aim is to test and produce a wide variety of plants to provide a varied and balanced diet all year round, in a sustainable way. The farm serves as a hub for interdisciplinary education, offering awareness modules in food culture and practical programs in regenerative agriculture, thereby contributing significantly to sustainable development and ecological balance.

Palm Trees

The farm grows more than 1,000 date palms of many varieties: Khalas, Shishi, khenaizi, shabibi, Hilali etc… These palms are an essential part of Qatari traditions. Dates are a highly cultural delight and have multiple nutritional benefits. The varieties grown contribute to the conservation of the biological diversity of date palms adapted to the Gulf countries. 

Around 5 km of trees surround the farm and main crop fields. These trees are particularly important for providing a microclimate for chickens, crops, and visitors, and for wind breaking. They are home to many wild birds and are of vital importance for biodiversity.

Crops, Seed Bank and Plant Nursery

A wide variety of crops are grown on the farm, rooted in our soil. More than 40 types of vegetables and herbs are grown, each comprising several varieties; four types of cereals are grown, and legume crops are developed. This large number of varieties has several advantages.

We have the one and only Organic Seedbank and Plant Nursery. Its ambition is to select seeds adapted to the local climate, to enable the farm to produce all the seeds it needs for its own production and to no longer depend on imports, and to help to spread organic and indigenous plants in Qatar and Beyond.

Agriculture Activities at the farm

We offer a variety of activities and tours 

Agriculture Education Tour  

Seasonal Vegetable Harvesting Tours

Animal Interaction and Sheep Milking