Seedbombs | Guerilla Gardening

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Esther Frid holds "El Atardecer de la Vida," a book she wrote about the stories of seven senior Latin American women living in Canada

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What is a seedbomb you may ask? Though they may sound threatening, seedbombs are actually quite innocuous. Essentially a seedbomb is “a fistful of compacted compost stuffed with differing seeds,” which is thrown onto a plot of land or bare earth in the hopes that it will somehow encourage plant life growth in the area. They are often thrown over fences.

There has even been an entire book written on the topic by Josie Jeffrey entitled Seedbombs: Going Wild with Flowers, which includes a “seedbomb recipe” and the “do’s and don’ts of seedbombing.”

The idea for seedbombs can be traced back to ancient Japan, with the practice of tsuchi dango, or “earth dumpling.” Masanobu Fukukoa was responsible for making this practice popular in Japan again in the 20th century, as part of the broader lifestyle of “Do Nothing Farming.”

Seedbombs can represent the sort of “guerilla gardening” which has its roots in the environmentalism of the hippies in the 70’s and 80’s, as exasperated environmentalists take the fight against the urban sprawl to the trenches.

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