Mission: Relief and development through sustainable gardening programs and alternative technologies.
Programs: Sustainable gardening: 33 food garden projects in 20 countries with the capacity to feed in excess of 123,000 poor and needy people. In conjunction with garden projects people were taught to save seed for future plantings and distribution to others, helping to ensure future sustainability and independence.
alternative technologies: 12 projects in 9 countries effecting approximately 120,000 people. Projects included low-voltage solar-powered lighting, glow-in-the-dark materials, weather stations, shade cloth, and wind fencing systems.
research & development: research, investigation, and trial evaluation of technology for purpose of determining suitability for use in other program services.
education related to agriculture and alternative technology.
I have seen great strides in Seed & Light International (SLI) since before its inception over 15 years ago. The idea from the beginning was to educate so called third world peoples to do small scale farming much like Victory Gardening during WWII here in the States. Self sustaining gardening through harvesting, seed saving and replanting is an art long lost in most parts of the world which SLI strives to "re-teach."
SLI also researches opportunities to improve conditions under which gardening and daily life exists via alternate technologies. Please see the web site at www.seedandlightinternational.org for more.
Every time SLI receives photos of gardens in progress from our "Hero's on the ground," it is a nice feeling to know that our efforts are a success.