Born Of The Sun – Egypt

Note: video no longer available; added a trailer below

Now this is a fresh tomato
photo by Dandelion Salad

journeymanpictures | July 07, 2010

September 2009

At Sekem Farm a delicately balanced relationship between workers and nature exists which, in a world suffering from rapidly increasing population, may lead the way for the future of farming.

Born of Dr Abouleish’s ambitious vision, the Sekem Farm is an ecological paradise in the middle of the Egyptian desert. Both a thriving business and a close-knit community. In this oasis, nothing is lost, and a delicately balanced relationship between workers and nature is established. With predictions of the world’s population rising to 9 billion by 2050, the Sekem community may well be the future of farming.

Dr Abouleish’s wife oversees the packing process with a watchful eye. From organic vegetables to healing herbs and children’s clothing, business at Sekem is buzzing. But how could they turn a dry patch of desert land into a successful farm?

For Abouleish, the answer lies in composting. ‘The biological, organic principle is based on symbiosis between all living things. Here, you produce this by using compost’. At Sekem, recycling organic waste has become a science. As opposed to industrial farming which exhausts the land, the aim here is to leave the soil in a better condition for future generations.

Sekem is also a new business model, a ‘corporate model for the 21st century, which combines business success with social and cultural development’. With schools, a clinic and even a theatre on site, Sekem’s workers feel they work for their community and not just for a boss: ‘It belongs to us all, not to the doctor alone’

But the real beauty of this project is the bold optimism, which emanates from everyone. Whether in the schools, the fields or the research lab, all who work at Sekem believe that they can make a difference on a global scale. And who knows, maybe they will.

Born Of The Sun – Egypt (no longer available)



journeymanpictures | September 24, 2010

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16 thoughts on “Born Of The Sun – Egypt

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  11. I understand that the farm receives water taken from 300 feet below the surface. Is the water taken out self-replenishing? If not, then perhaps this farm is of limited duration.
    It does look impressive though. If the sand is enriched with cow manure, then where does the food come from to feed the cattle?

    • They grow all the food there on the farm for the animals as well as for people. It’s been going on for a number of years now and with plans on building a University so it can continue indefinitely, I’m guessing they have enough water.

  12. This is an absolutely wonderful, wonderful article.

    It is so uplifting. All nations that are on the path of death and destruction of
    the earth and its people should see this and make complete changes from the shame of wars and greed to possess the natural resources. The Earth is a gift to mankind and all life living upon the earth and possibly throughout the universe(s). Bless the Sekem Farm, Dr. Abouleish and his wife for preserving the earth. Their vision and accomplishments are a great inspiration. Thank you.
    Sincerely, Georgianne E. Matthews

  13. How beautiful…and reassuring! Reminds me of the origins of Findhorn and, of course, Native American relationship WITH earth and sky.

    A prophecy that crossed my path some time ago was this: “The desert will bloom.”

    “The new person is within us.” Dr. Abouleish. I note in the circle of the men inviting in the equal representation of women that the seeds are embedded for a new world! Perhaps all we are going through that looks like “doomsday” to so many is but a winnowing process!

    Thank you, thank you, Dandelion Salad. I hope you re-post this at least once a week!

    • Thanks, Annie. There is a wonderful future for human beings along with Nature and her animals/plants, etc, now for us to get to work in doing this in our own communities. Actually it is being done all over the world as you can see in the other posts I’ve made and listed at the end of this post.

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