Seed bombing or aerial reforestation is a technique of introducing vegetation to land by throwing or dropping compressed bundles of soil containing live vegetation (seed balls). Wikipedia
Forty years ago, visionary Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka perfected clay seed balls as a sustainable way to plant the next crop of grain or vegetables without disturbing the residues of the previous crop. Today seed bombs have been used to plant seeds in all sorts in places such as meadows, and roadside strips.
We have been exploring ways in which we can promote sustainable practices of reusing and replenishing the physical environment in our actions and thinking. The recent gift of a bag of seeds harvested from marigold plants has enabled us to consider the ways in which plant material can be reused.
Today a space was set up at the kitchen table to explore seed bomb making. Old clay from the clay studio, combined with paper pulp and marigold seeds were used to make small seed bombs.
Together we looked at the finer details of the marigold plants, the roots, stems and the seeds before adding these to the other elements.
It was a very messy process, but fun!
Our seed bombs were placed by the kitchen window to dry out. I wonder where they will end up once they are dry. Maybe some of our children will take them home from our ‘Farmers Market’ to beautify the wider world.
Kaiako Fran September 2015