||Schalit Arye Yom Tov Lifa
Arieh Yom Tov Lipman Schalit was born in Lithuania. As a youth he came to Eretz Israel in 1882 with his parents who were founders of Rishon Le Zion. He was among the first pupils in the first "Heder" (religious school) in the village. He later studied at the Mikve Israel agricultural school and at the Faculty of Agriculture in Paris where he receied a degree as an agronomist.
While still in Odessa he had written articles in hebrew and translated into hebrew a Jewish-Russian poem. At the age of 16, in Rishon Le Zion, he wrote poems. One of his poems became a kind of local anthem. He was sent by the Baron to prepare counsellors for future settlement in the country. He was a member of a delegation sent by the Baron to investigate the tea plantation in India and in China. He was sent by the JCA (Jewish Colonial Assoc.) to study the possibility of growing tea, coffee and tobacco in Eretz Israel. Opposing other experts he advised the Baron regarding the lands of Hadera and his advice helped Dr Yaffe to obtain the Baron's agreement for the draining of the Hadera