Remember that Kfar Gil'adi was originally a farm, one of the first original Kibbutzim, established in 1916. The historic farmyard has now been renovated. This is the area which once was the center of daily life on the farm, with the cowshed, stable and barn.
The original collective settlement consisted of a large courtyard surrounded by a stone wall, for defense purposes, with the entire farm within the walls, buildings, people and animals.
Well, all of this has changed today.
The focus of agricultural work has moved away, and in the old farmyard you can see some of the original buildings of the kibbutz, a short but lovely promenade lined with some specialty shops (see my shopping tips), a gallery, a cafe and a pizza restaurant.
This promenade was given the original nickname kibbutz members used to call it in the old times: "The Chicken-Coop Path".
There is no shop which holds more attraction for me than an old book shop, with shelves stacked full from floor to ceiling with all different titles. It is even better when they encourage you to open book after book, read a page or two, and discuss it with the dedicated staff working there.
"Sfarim Be-Hatzer", the second-hand book store in the old kibbutz farmyard, is just this kind of shop. I could not resist taking one book after the other off the shelf, discover the secrets and treasures hidden in those old pages.
The shop specializes in locating rare, hard to find Hebrew books according to internet special orders. They also have a smaller selection of books in foreign languages. Needless to say I walked out having bought five books when I only intended to buy one...
Arella Nir opened "Gallery 12" on the "Chicken-Coop Path" in the kibbutz.
The gallery is home to several women artists and artisans from Kfar Gil'adi and other kibbutzim nearby. and on display you can find original jewelry, ceramics, dolls, various gifts, paintings and wall hangings. among others.
I enjoyed looking at the items and admired the artists' creativity, and also found a birthday gist for my wife!