Our mission: Sunseed Desert Technology aims to develop, demonstrate and communicate accessible, low-tech methods of living sustainably in a semi-arid environment .
Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in the way we live:
- we operate closed loop systems for all our raw materials such as water and food waste
- we use solar power to generate electricity – the whole village is off-grid for power
- we maintain organic permaculture gardens
- we research and manage drylands to protect soil from erosion
- we eat an organic and vegetarian diet
- we build and use energy efficient devices such as solar ovens, solar dryers, a haybox
- we reduce, reuse, repair and recycle as much as we can
In 2011 Sunseed celebrated 25 years of work, play, research, learning and transformation. We also continue looking forward to Sunseed’s adaptation and evolution with the new challenges of the 21st Century. Read more….
Who lives here
The staff team has a core of seven Coordinators who are here all year. They are supported by assistants who usually stay between 3-6 months. Each Coordinator is responsible for a Department and there are 6: Appropriate technology; Eco-construction and Maintenance; Drylands Management; Organic Growing; Sustainable Living and Education, Publicity and Fundraising. Read more…
As a British charity we have a board of Trustees who oversee the work of the project and ensure that our aims and objectives are being adhered to, that all financial arrangements are being carried out properly, and that a certain standard of health and safety is being maintained. Some live in Spain and others in the UK. Read more….
Friends of Sunseed
Many of those who have spent time at Sunseed form a lasting attachment to both the valley and people they meet here. To preserve such links and to create a firm base of supporters for Sunseed, we have established the Friends of Sunseed (FOS). Read more…
2011 Year Report – Chair’s End of Year Report
2011 has been a good year for the Project. Following many years of substantial losses, the Project’s income met it’s expenditure over the last 12 months. Thanks in main to an increase in the number of volunteers, well over 200, who pay a donation for their stay and an increase in the number of full time long term volunteers. Read More……
Strategic Plan 2011-16
This is the five year plan we are working to at the moment. Go to this page to get a download.