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Firstly we harvest some chard, rocket, salt bush, mustard leaves, parsley and parietaria from our beautiful sustainable gardens. hojas.pesto.ingredientesingredientes.pesto We place this all together in a big pot and blend it with plenty of olive oil and lemon juice. pesto.batidora You can add black pepper and toasted nuts (such as almonds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds) but be warned that the nuts tend to make the pesto go off after a few days. We preserve the pesto using the ‘bain-marie’ method. Firstly we submerge the empty jars in boiling water for about 5 minutes in order to sterilize them. Then using ‘Bain Marie’ we place the pesto inside with a ladle and seal the lids very tightly shut. Afterwards we place the jars upside down in boiling water for 20 minutes and then allow them to cool on a surface. botes.pesto.ready

Primero recogemos un poco de acelga, rúcula, salao, hojas de mostaza, perejil y parietaria de nuestras bonitos huertos sostenibles.


Lo ponemos todo junto en un recipiente grande y lo batimos con mucho aceite de oliva y zumo de limón.


Podemos añadir pimienta negra y frutos secos tostados (como almendras, semillas de sésamo y de girasol) pero os prevenimos que estas semillas harán que el pesto se eche a perder después de unos pocos días.

Preservamos el pesto usando el método del baño maría. Primero sumergimos los botes vacíos en agua hirviendo durante unos cinco minutos para esterilizarlos. Entonces usando el baño maría ponemos el pesto con un cucharón y los cerramos bien con la tapa. Después ponemos los botes boca abajo en agua hirviendo durante 20 minutos y los dejamos enfriar sobre una superficie.



We harvest about 6kg of oranges from our trees next to gardens. In February there are plenty of oranges as they keep growing until April, we have a lot to eat but this type are very bitter so we use them to make marmalades! naranjas Firstly we cut the oranges in to 8 pieces and take out the seeds, placing them in a bowl to use later. After this is done we put all the orange segments in to a big bowl and leave them to soak in water overnight so that they become softer and less bitter. The next day we boil the oranges for one hour with enough water to cover half of them. Next we add 2kg of sugar for 3kg of oranges, but if you want it sweeter you can add more, and we also add the pips because they act as a perfect pectin. We places the pips in a muslin cloth and submerge it in the water, leaving everything to boil for another half an hour. We made 2 different batches- one with cloves and cinnamon and the other with ginger and nutmeg. And then its ready! naranja.cocinando The Orange Marmalade doesn’t need the “Bain Marie” method, it preserves itself quite good, because of the quantity of sugar (almost the same quantity of oranges we add the same quantity of sugar on it) and also the orange’s skin keeps the marmalade for months up to year. ana.mermelada.naranja We submerge the empty jars in boiling water for about 5 minutes in order to sterilize them. Afterwards we put the marmalade in the jars, we shot the lits properly and then leave them upside down until they get cooler the day after. naranja.batiendo.sergio Then they are ready to enjoy the bitter flavor, ready to eat for any moment of the day!!!!.

Today it’s time to make Angel Hair marmalade with our very own Angel Hair vegetables from the gardens. Angel hair has a very hard skin as it comes from the pumpkin family so firstly we have to remove the outer layer and because it is a sunny today we can enjoy doing this outside in our workshop! cabellodeange.fuera After cutting away the skin we chop the vegetables into small chunks, take out the pips and keep them to replant again and exchange with others gardeners. cabello.angel.bol Angel hair is a quite sweet pumpkin but we still added a bit of sugar to it for extra sweetness. We also added cinnamon, lemon rind and some fresh ginger. We leave this all to boil in a big pan for about an hour so that it becomes softer and then we can blend it. cocinando.cabello.angel We preserve the marmalade using the ‘bain-marie’ method. Firstly we submerge the empty jars in boiling water for about 5 minutes in order to sterilize them. Then using ‘Bain Marie’ we place the marmalade inside with a ladle and seal the lids very tightly shut. Afterwards we place the jars upside down in boiling water for 20 minutes and then allow them to cool on a surface. It tastes so nice mmmmmm, spread on home made bread and enjoy!

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Life at Sunseed – Rabbiya Naveed

rabbiya1At the first glimpse, Sunseed appears like a rather ordinary not-so-well maintained place. At Sunseed, we bake our own bread and jams, harvest our own crops, use seasonal fruits only, exploit the solar energy, use urinals and compost toilets, use organic products, recycle our waste, use limited Internet and say goodbye to a chemical-enriched life. For anyone, this package is a bit hard to digest initially. To be honest, I kept delaying using a compost toilet till my intestines gave up. I regret that.

However, in less than three days I had adapted to the lifestyle and started enjoying the tranquility of the place. Sunseed is located in the middle of mountains and caves, and has been blessed with a natural swimming pool which is an absolute delight during the summer. There is no such thing as ‘working’ at Sunseed. What we are assigned is our responsibility and what we do is what we owe to nature. All the staff members and volunteers live like a family in a community with the motto of minimizing the impact on the environment. Sustainability first! 

I can write a w2013-07-05 23.38.19hole journal about my experience at Sunseed and how little bits from every single day have taught me one thing or the other. At the Appropriate Technology Department, I have worked on a few projects like Fuel Gasifiers, Establishment of a Compost Toilet Light System, Maintenance of Solar Panels etc. I always had a strong inclination towards Sustainable Engineering and working on these projects has only strengthened my resolve and reinforced my belief that Engineering techniques can indeed push technological development further whilst staying within the shell of sustainability. I can’t help thinking that if such a lifestyle was implemented on a larger scale, global problems like energy crises could be tackled to a substantial extent.

Sunseed has taught me that every individual has his own niche in the environment and something unique to contribute to the world. It has taught me that writing and speaking about sustainability and environmental conservation is one thing, but taking a step to bring rabbiya6a real change is a completely different ball game. It has taught me to value nature and it’s products and has reinforced the tranquillity of the natural world in my mind. It has taught me that low impact living extends from our kitchens to our toilets and is perfectly viable. All in all, my experience at Sunseed has taught me how to minimise my carbon footprint without compromising on my comfort and ease. 

I already feel guilty by the thought of the lifestyle I used to have. I will always value the time I have spent at Sunseed and given an option, I would’t exchange it for any other opportunity. I would highly encourage everyone to spend some time of their lives dedicated to a similar cause. It will be an extremely vital experience to put things in perspective. I want to thank all the Coordiantors at Sunseed for their guidance and for making all the volunteers believe that ‘Yes, we can!’, all the volunteers who turned out to be amazing friends for the absolutely lovely time I have spent with them, and Chitto for being the best demonstrator one could have.  


La vida en Sunseed – Rabbiya Naveed

rabbiya1a primera vista, Sunseed parece un sitio bastante corriente y no muy bien cuidado. En Sunseed preparamos nuestro propio pan y mermelada, cultivamos lo que comemos, usamos solo verduras y fruta de temporada, explotamos la energía solar, usamos urinarios y bater seco, usamos productos orgánicos, reciclamos nuestros desechos, usamos internet y decimos adios a la vida llena de qumícos. Para cualquiera, este es un paquete difícil de digerir en principio. La verdad, no quería usar el bater seco hasta que mi intestino no pudo aguantar más. Ahora me arrepiento. Al final, en menos de tres días me había adaptado al estilo de vida y empecé a disfrutar de la tranquilidad del lugar. Sunseed está situado en medio de montaňas y cuevas, y tiene la suerte de tener una poza natural que es una pasada en el verano. En Sunseed no hay lo que llamamos ‘trabajo’. Lo que nos asignamos es nuestra responsabilidad y lo que hacemos es lo que le debemos a la naturaleza. Todos los trabajadores y voluntarios viven como una familia en una comunidad con el fin de minimizar el impacto en el medio ambiente. ¡ante todo sostenibilidad! Puedo escribir un libro entero sobre 2013-07-05 23.38.19mi experiencia en Sunseed y como pequeňas cosas de cada día me han enseňado una cosa u otra. En el Departamento de Tecnología Apropiada he trabajado en unos cuantos proyectos como un gasificador de fuel, instalar luces en un bater seco, mantenimiento de paneles solares, etc. siempre había tenido una clara inclinación hacia la ingeniería sostenible y trabajar en estos proyectos solo me ha servido para reforzar mi convicción y mi creencia de que las técnicas de ingeniería pueden sin duda impulsar el desarrollo tecnológico y a la vez mantenerse en la sostenibilidad. No puedo evitar pensar que si dicho estilo de vida se implementara a una escala mayor, los problemas globales como los problemas de energía se podrían solucionar de forma significativa. Sunseed me ha ensenado que cada rabbiya6indivíduo tiene su especialidad en el entorno y algo unico para contribuir en el mundo. Me ha ensenado que escribir y hablar sobre sostenibilidad y conservacion del medio ambiente es una cosa, pero dar el paso para hacer cambios reales es algo completamente diferente. Me ha ensenado a valorar la naturaleza y sus productos y ha reforzado la tranquilidad del mundo natural en mi mente. Me ha ensenado que la vida de bajo impacto va desde nuestras cocinas a nuestros baňos y es perfectamente viable. En conclusión, mi experiencia en Sunseed me ha enseňado cómo minimizar mi huella de carbono sin comprometer mi confort. Ya me siento culpable por el estilo de vida que solía llevar. Siempre voy a valorar el tiempo que he pasado en Sunseed y la oportunidad que me han dado, no lo cambiaría por nada. Sinceramente anímo a todos a dedicar algun tiempo en sus vidas a alguna causa similar. Será una experiencia extremadamente vital el poner las cosas en perspectiva. Quiero agradecer a todos los coordinadores en Sunseed por su guía y por hacer a todos los voluntarios creer que ¡Sí se puede!, a todos los voluntarios que resultaron ser los mejores amigos por el tiempo tan maravilloso que pase con ellos, y Chitto (el gato) que ha sido el que mejor lo demostraba. rabbiya7