Capers: picking and preserving your own

By Drylands assistant Margaux With Spring in full bloom in the valley, the Drylands and Sustainable Living departments have been out walking with volunteers to collect the capers that are starting to grow and preserving them in preparation for summer salads. Have you ever picked capers? The pickled capers we use as seasoning are actually the buds of the plant called …

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Jar of natural moisturiser with calendula flowers

Make your own natural moisturiser

Part of our mission to live sustainably involves working with the natural abundance that’s at our fingertips to create products that are better for us and our environment. Our Sustainable Living department has been using the beautiful calendula in the Sunseed gardens to make a soothing and hydrating natural moisturiser – and you can make your own with just a …

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Awakening the Soul of Solar Cooking – ConSolFood 2016

Our Sustainable Living coordinator, Luke, attended ConSolFood – a conference on Solar Thermal Food Processing in Faro, Portugal – to further his and Sunseed’s knowledge about advances in solar cooking. Here he reflects on lessons from solar technology across the globe – and offers a challenge for Sunseed in the future. On leaving the crystalline valley of Los Molinos, I bid farewell …

SunseedAwakening the Soul of Solar Cooking – ConSolFood 2016

How to make the best pumpkin orange jam

We have so many oranges in our gardens that we can hardly eat them all before they fall down. We tried to find different ways to preserve them. One very nice and quite easy recipe from our Sustainable Living coordinator Luke was to cook them together with pumpkin to get a delicious jam. After we picked a lot of oranges and got …

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The Easiest Bread In The World!

In an semi-epic personal journey of finding the simplest most intuitive naturally leavened bread possible, I have finally triumphed. Let the doves free! Cue an orchestra of angels! OK, so how did I do it? With a little help from my friends! Follow the simple recipe below with distilled wisdom… and you’ll wonder why there could ever be mystery around such …

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Carob harvesting

We have been harvesting some carobs in three trees placed in Los Molinos del Río Aguas. We collected the fruits by hand but when they were not easily accessible we used a long stick to knock down the fruits to catch them in a net placed on the ground. Sometimes we even climbed like monkeys through the branches. In total …

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Sourdough Bread

Our sourdough starter has now been alive for 6 months! Sebastian, our Dutch volunteer who split his time between Organic Gardens and time with fermentation projects with Sustainable Living (and his own), began the starter and we have been experimenting ever since. The last bake was on Sunday with Alder who has a little experience of sourdough although she has …

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A Low Impact Fridge at Sunseed

Sunseed has a low impact fridge! This summer two French interns, Benjamin and Sylvain, joined us in the AT department. Their project was to design and experiment with a low impact fridge for Sunseed. The fridge design that they worked with was called “refrigerateur gigogne” and it aims to conserve food longer and fresher without using electricity. Felix Trombe was …

SunseedA Low Impact Fridge at Sunseed

The New Free Shop at Sunseed

There is a new Free Shop at Sunseed. The Free Shop is a long standing Sunseed institution. Every week for many years our free shop has been a place to leave behind unwanted stuff for the next Sunseed generation or a place to pick up a new Sunseed style outfit. No money, no fuss, just sharing. Many clothes conversations at …

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Sunseed Updates!

The Sunseed team has been very busy this week trying to keep up with all of the exciting changes. A lot of new faces have been passing through the village to get a taste of sustainable living. These visitors had the treat of getting the full sustainable living tour during their stay. In addition, the visitors ate meals with the …

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