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Seeds That Feed Seed Ball Program
Pollinators work hard everyday to feed us, it's time for us to take responsibility for feeding them!
Huge impacts often begin by planting a tiny seed (or seed ball)!
Seed balls combine native seeds with organic soil and natural clay. Everything a seed needs to sprout and feed hardworking pollinators.
Pollinator habitats have decreased, as human societies increase. Seed balls are one way you can give back to the pollinators that give so much to us!
Individuals and organizations around the world are transforming barren areas into thriving pollinator gardens that provide essential nourishment to thousands of pollinators.
“When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops,
but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
Seed Balls - A History of Conservation
The long and impactful history of seed balls, originally called "Earth Dumplings", began in the early 1900's in Japan. Masanobu Fukuoka, a respected agriculturalist and philosopher, promoted seed balls as an integral part of sustainable farming. Fukuoka's innovative methods of farming focused on the natural sowing of seeds, excluding pollution, chemicals, and manual tilling of the land. It was Fukuoka's belief that tilling the land destroyed vital topsoil, robbing seeds of need nutrition. Seed balls provided a method planting from the top down, allowing Mother Nature to choose the seeds and crops to be provided each planting.
The Movement Continues
Seed balls were revived in the 1970's as part of the "Guerilla Gardening" movement in New York City. During this time trash and disrepair had overtaken the city. To combat the dereliction a group by the name of the "Green Guerillas" used seed bombs to bring life back to the city. In many cases the seed bombs were tossed over the fences surrounding chained off abandoned areas, leaving the Earth to do the work of planting areas humans could not access. A decade later New York boasted more than 800 gardens, and was feeding countless numbers of pollinators.
Today many conservationists promote various forms of seed balls as a way of taking action and planting seeds that feed the pollinators our ecosystems and agriculture rely on.
Explore the many ways YOU can take part in the seed ball revolution!
ButterBee Foundation's "Seeds that Feed Program" is proud to join the long history of seed ball enthusiasts, promoting natural methods of farming and actionable stewardship.
Choose the program that best suits your organization, and let's start feeding pollinators together!
Seeds That Feed for Students
Educators are encouraged to apply for a seed ball kit through our Seeds That Feed grant program (click HERE to learn more).
Seeds That Feed Team Building
Roll up your sleeves, grab your team and start rolling!
Seeds That Feed Community Opportunities
Perfect for youth organizations, scout groups, after-school programs, community clubs, libraries, and many more.
Seeds That Feed for Memorials and Remembrance
Honor and celebrate the memory of your loved ones with a remembrance garden, full of life and hope.
Seeds That Feed for Parties and Weddings
Create meaningful memories with your guests while feeding bee-u-tiful pollinators.
Sponsor a Seeds That Feed Experience for Students
Students will put your generous donation to good use! Enable meaningful educational opportunities and impactful conservation.
All Program Funds Support the ButterBee Foundation's Educational Programs
Your Support Enables Us to Provide Programs to Students at NO COST!
Contact Us for to Start Feeding Pollinators Today!
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