Gardens Without Borders: Seed Ball Workshop this Saturday in Brooklyn

March 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

sprouting seed balls spreading the love

I received an email from Rebecca, my fellow partner in crime at DineIndie, about a very cool guerilla gardening workshop this Saturday, March 21, in Brooklyn where you can learn to make seed balls. Yes, seed balls, which will then be tossed, thrown, and cast, ninja style, into abandoned lots and neglected patches of land all over North Brooklyn. The event is organized by the Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, who received a large donation of seeds from Crest Hardware in Williamsburg, and ClaySpace 1205 in Greenpoint, which will then be used to spread wildflowers and vegetables around the city.

The seed ball movement (also referred to as seed bombs or grenades) was first started New York City in 1973 by the Green Guerillas, who threw wildflowers all over Bowery, starting the city’s first community garden.herbs lettucs and amaranth seed ball garden

herbs lettuce and amaranth seed ball garden

The seeds are encased in a mixture of clay and compost, creating a microenvironment that prevents them from drying out in the sun, getting eaten by birds, or blowing away. Rainfall starts the process, and the seeds sprout and grow from the soil inside the ball. So, just toss, and sprout!

“Take Back North Brooklyn!” Seed Ball Workshop Details:

What: Neighbors Allied for Good Growth will be constructing seed balls on Saturday, March 21st, and distributing them on Saturday, March 28th to be cast into abandoned lots and neglected patches of land all over North Brooklyn

Where: 101 Kent St. at North 8th, Brooklyn, NY

When: March 21, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Contact: Emily for more info

Can’t make it this saturday? This guy shows you how to make them seed balls at home (doubleclick thru to Youtube to watch):


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