Seed Ball Kits for Schools
Planet Bee has teamed up with BeeSure as the founding partner to kick off our new Seed Ball Kit Program for schools around the country. Apply for a FREE kit and your school can join the global movement to help save the bees!
What are Seed Balls?
Seed balls are natural clay balls, full of seeds and soil. They can be easily dispersed to grow plants of all types without the need to dig holes or till land!
Seed Balls and Bees
As urbanization and modern farming and agricultural practices have decreased pollinator habitat and forage, people taking action for bees and other pollinators have begun making and dispersing seed balls to plant more pollinator plants. At Planet Bee, we make seed balls full of California poppy seeds with all our local students and visitors at public events.
Seed Ball History and Impact
Making seed balls is an ancient agricultural technique which has seen a resurgence and regained popularity in modern times.
Masanobu Fukuoka was a Japanese philosopher and natural farmer born in 1913, and is the person often attributed with improving and popularizing this planting technique.
“Fukuoka believed that tillage over large areas is laborious, destructive to soil health, and ultimately not needed and thus a waste of time and energy. Thus, seed balls have become an important aspect of many natural farming and conservation enterprises around the world.”
A Community Driven Success Story
In the early 1970s, New York City had endured riots and watched neighborhoods decline to abandon, as apartment buildings fell down and empty lots took their place. Artist Liz Christy began tossing what she referred to as “seed grenades” into vacant lots - she filled water balloons with seeds, soil, and water, and threw them over fences, watching the contents scatter as the balloons burst on the ground. This practice was her first step in revitalizing the city by converting these lots into gardens. By the 1980s, NYC was home to 800 community gardens!
The Seed Ball Kit Program for Schools
Thanks to our partner BeeSure, Planet Bee is proud to offer Free Seed Ball Kits to 10 schools this school year, allowing students around the country to join in the efforts to support our precious pollinators. One third of our food supply is directly reliant on pollination services, and the populations of these important pollinators are decreasing at alarming rates worldwide.
With BeeSure’s help, we will plant 100,000 flower seeds!
Together, we can change the world, one bee, student, and flower at a time!
Thank You To Our Sponsors!
Their generous donations will provide our Seed Ball Kit Program to schools for FREE around the country for the 2019 - 2020 school year!
BECOME A SPONSOR!
Businesses or individuals looking to make a huge difference for our planet can join our efforts by becoming sponsors of Planet Bee’s Seed Ball Kit Program! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Schreiber, Andrew. “MAKING SEEDBALLS: AN ANCIENT METHOD OF NO-TILL AGRICULTURE” https://permaculturenews.org/2014/06/18/making-seedballs-ancient-method-till-agriculture/
Brooks, Steve and Marten, Gerry. “Green Guerillas: Revitalizing Urban Neigborhoods with Community Gardens (New York City, USA)” http://www.ecotippingpoints.org/our-stories/indepth/usa-new-york-community-garden-urban-renewal.html