Today, people in the Appropriate Technology Department were working on the last step of the overhauling of our village’s precious: The Ram-Pump. After inspecting the pump several weeks ago, today the painting could be done by long-term volunteer Irina from Sibiria, Russia and Paco, coordinator of the AT department.
Another task was started today: The refurbishing of a mesh filter that prohibits small parts from entering the water system of Sunseed which is supplied by the Ram-Pump. In the picture below you can see Magued, our current intern in the AT department as well as Dicken, a short term volunteer. They are working together with Paco on a mesh filter renovation to keep the water supply of Sunseed working properly.
We are always happy when persons in Sunseed can give us input about their home cultures. There are people from all over the world visiting and working together with Sunseed and that creates an enriching learning experience. Therefor we were very grateful to take part in a seminar that was held yesterday by Magued from Yemen, our current intern in the Appropriate Technology Department. Amongst others he presented us a lot of information, facts and figures about culture, politics, dancing styles and pictures of traditional food. We all could learn a lot and took part in an interesting discussion after the presentation.
Volunteers and staff members waiting for the start of the presentation.
Magued in traditional Arabic clothes.
Thank you Magued!
The food basket of nature has a huge variety of products and our Sustainable Living coordinator Ana knows it! For this reason today she prepared some delicious snacks made out of agave together with two volunteers (Clemens and Freyja).
We can’t wait to taste them!
Composting is an efficient way of recycling for example natural waste. In the following pictures you have snapshots of today’s work in the gardens of Sunseed. You can see David, assistant of organic gardens department working on a traditional method of composting that is using branches from pruned trees to turn into mulch.
Here Rosi, also an assistant in organic gardens is turning and adding moisture to another compost pile. After a while the organic matter can be added into the garden beds together with goat manure and to enrich the soil.
As Sunseed is always looking for accommodations for Staff and Volunteers, Ecological Building Department is renovating the old laboratory which is no longer in use and preparing a nice new room in Isabella’s house.
Today Paco, the coordinator of the Appropriate Technology Department was working together with Irina, a volunteer from Russia. In the process of refurbishing and tiding up the workshop in Isabella’s house they were making new shelfs for future working projects. Our best compliments for tiding up the workshop in Isabella’s!
…at the small house, which will be the new kitchen for Isabellas.
In case the sun isn’t shining, in futur times we will just have to “cicle some kilometers” with the bici-generator to get some electricity. With 12 volts and around 50 watts we well be able to play music on cloudy days or watch a film.
Working in the new flooding beds in “Diego 1″:
the beds are thinner than the old ones, so that the water can flood and soak more easily.
We won’t put mulch on them because otherwise they are getting higher and higher by the time and won’t be flooded so well anymore. Instead of normal mulch we will take something like palm leafs. In the beds peppers and aubergines will be planted.
The drip irigation in the New Lands
10 bitter oranges
1/2 kg sugar
a little bit of rum
10 bitter oranges
1/2 kg sugar
ginger (1 small, fresh)
40 minutes boiling before adding the sugar, 20 boiling after adding it.