The founder Benjamin Fein was born in Russia, district of Harson.
He came to Eretz Israel in 1882 and was one of the founding members of Rishon Le Zion. He was a signatory to the first protocols. He was a farmer and a veteran, a pioneer in growing the "etrog" (citron). He set up a nursery of sweet lemon and replanted them on his land and grafted on to them high quality "etrogim" cuttings. When they grew up it turned out that grafted etrogim were not "kosher". He uprooted them and replanted the grove, this time with etrog cuttings. In order to overcome the problem of irrigating them he borrowed money and began to dig a well. He invested all his money and strength in this branch and hoped that the Jews of the diaspora would give preference to the kosher etrogim that were grown in the Jewish village in Eretz Israel. Indeed KaRav Kook tried to help him by propogating the idea around the world but he did not succeed. The branch failed and all the money and strength he had invested went down the drain.
Benjamin Fein also tried to grow the "chardon" plant which was