Our Mission

Scarabée Regenerative was founded by Karine Hrechdakian to share the principles and practices of Regenerative Agriculture with the Lebanese community. As a Kiss the Ground Soil Advocate—an organization dedicated to promoting Regenerative Agriculture as a solution to the food crisis and climate change—Karine decided to bring that message to her homeland of Lebanon.
 

Our nascent initiative is fueled by a duty to help farmers learn about an alternative to the synthetic mechanized agriculture they have been practicing for decades. This effort is especially critical at this time, given the severe economic crisis, with a projection of an impending famine. With the 190% inflation of food prices (Bloomberg) and the 80% devalued currency, farmers and citizens, intent on growing their own food have been asking for help. The repercussions of the August 4th, 2020 explosion in Beirut, has rendered the already fragile situation untenable.

Regenerative Agriculture and its overreaching benefits, can help mitigate food insecurity by addressing soil and human health. It is our duty more than ever, during the Covid19 pandemic, to reexamine our farming habits which have had long lasting repercussions on the health of the soils and the plants we depend on for our survival. Healthy soils produce healthy plants, healthy animals, healthy humans and a healthy planet.
 

We are a small team of four aiming to disseminate Regenerative Agriculture knowledge and skills. We are committed to the cause and bring our diverse expertise to the table. We are here to help the Lebanese help themselves.

 

Presently self-funded, we honor contributions, however small, to fund workshops, produce Arabic video tutorials and develop pilot farm projects.

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Cedar trees forest, distant mountains and grey clouds.

Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve

OUR TEAM

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Karine Hrechdakian - Founder/CEO of Scarabée Regenerative.

​Karine Hrechdakian

Founder/CEO

Kiss the Ground Soil Advocate

Karine was born in Lebanon and lives in upstate New York. Previously a documentary filmmaker, she is currently dedicated to promoting Regenerative Agriculture as a solution to the food crisis and climate change, and has been developing a Regenerative Agriculture Initiative in Lebanon, since 2019. She has researched the field extensively, while developing relationships with regenerative organizations, authors and educators along the way.

MIT Masters of Science in Visual Studies

Purple and magenta small thistles.

Thistles

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LEBANON

Georges Najm, Farmer - Consultant at Scarabée Regenerative.

Georges Najm

Consultant - Farmer

Georges is the owner of The Green Van, a successful fertilizer and pesticide free farm.

He is a consultant in Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Development with experience conducting trainings and TOT’s (Training of Trainers) in these fields while working extensively with NGO’s and farmers across Lebanon.

Presently consulting for Fair Trade Lebanon.

The Green Van handmade weeding tools leaning against a wall.

The Green Van homemade weeding tools

Wael Yammine - Consultant at Scarabée Regenerative.

Wael Yammine​

Consultant

Wael specializes in Soil Microbiology and Beneficial Insect Rearing and is completing his certification as a consultant of Dr. Elaine Ingham Soil Food Web School in the US.

Agricultural Engineer with a Masters in Plant Protection ULFAVET

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Earthworm

Samer Salloum - Consultant & Communications at Scarabée Regenerative.

Samer Salloum

Consultant - Communications

Samer is marketing supervisor at Unifert, and the founder of Agronote, an Instagram platform aimed at answering agricultural questions. He is also an avid Kokedama designer.

Agricultural Engineer with a Masters in Plant Protection ULFAVET and an MBA in Enterprise Management USJ.

Kokedama design tree, rooted on green ball of soil and moss.

Kokedama