Seed Balls

posted April 18, 2009

NPR on Seed Balls…

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103129515

Neighborhood organizations across the U.S. that want to improve the environment are using a surprising weapon: seed balls.

It’s a technique for planting in abandoned places and often inhospitable land that was developed in Japan by Masanobu Fukuoka, a pioneer in “natural farming.”

The technique has worked its way to Brooklyn, N.Y. In the Greenpoint neighborhood on a recent Sunday afternoon, a small group of activists walked the streets carrying paper bags filed with little balls made from clay, compost and seeds. They are members of a local group called NAG, or Neighbors Allied for Good Growth. They drop the balls on dirt piles and throw them into abandoned lots.

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