What does it mean to live in a sustainable manner? Continuing the evolution of an answer is what Sunseed’s Sustainable Living (SL) department humbly attempts on a daily basis in a community that continues to vary in size, attitude and preference.
The SL Coordinator plays a central role in promoting and integrating low-impact, sustainable living in everyday life at Sunseed. Volunteering in the SL department can see you involved in many varied tasks related to making the community household run more smoothly.
Duties include everything from mapping wild produce in the valley, to sourcing local ingredients to make soaps, shampoo, and cosmetics, and baking our own bread . Taking care of household is also the responsibility of Sustainable Living, which means welcoming volunteers to make their stay comfortable, doing laundry and making sure the food store and supplies keep fresh, inviting and inspiring.
We work closely with the Organic Gardens department to ensure our fresh produce is widely used in the kitchen and that any excess is preserved. Year-round sun means we always try to avoid reliance on fossil fuels, experimenting with the solar cooker (for drying and baking) as well as the hay-box in the kitchen.
Inviting our volunteers to be involved in our Food Policy always makes for interesting opinions – we are a vegetarian project that has always sourced fresh food as locally and mindfully as we can, considering environmental and social impact. When a new volunteer arrives, a detailed induction is available to direct all the practical aspects of this rich and varied department, and project.