Seawater Greenhouse Ltd

Seawater Greenhouse Ltd is a for-profit organization that allows people living in arid environments to grow fruits and vegetables in greenhouses.

Charlie Paton, Director
For-profit Food Security 2000 4 250,000 USD (2019)
Headquarters: London, England, United Kingdom
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Seawater greenhouses allow the harvest of fruit and vegetables in hot, arid areas.

What we should know about you

Questions answered by Charlie Paton, Director
1. What is your biggest success as an entrepreneur?

Building the first Seawater Greenhouses in multiple locations around the world, but especially in Somaliland where conditions are extremely challenging.

2. What was a troubling time that you managed to overcome?

Our first successful pilot in Tenerife was closed down by the European Commission, who considered that it would undermine the Common Agricultural Policy. A six year legal battle ensued.

3. What recommendation would you give to someone who thinks about starting a social enterprise?

I have always been inspired by E F Schumacher’s book – Small is Beautiful. This quote in particular: “We must do what we conceive to be right and not bother our heads or burden our souls with whether we’ll be successful. Because if we don’t do the right thing, we’ll do the wrong thing, and we’ll be part of the disease and not part of the cure”.

Additional achievements


  • Katerva 2020 Food and Water
  • Shell 2018 Springboard
Seawater Greenhouse
Seawater Greenhouse

A Seawater Greenhouse enables the growth of crops in hot, arid regions, using seawater and solar energy.
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Profile last edited on: June 09, 2021