“Think about it. A whole habitat in a tiny clay ball…” – Masanobu Fukuoka
Seed Balling – is a natural farming technique, developed by Masanobu Fukuoka, which contains plant potential for an entire ecosystem. Its easy and fun method to learn about plants and our environment. During the seedballing workshop at Pixelache, we will look at the local edible plants and its importance for the locale or urban environments. We will learn how to create clay balls by using water, clay, compost and preselected seeds, which will be based on Chokeberries (Aronia Melanocarpa) companion planting.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Companion_planting
More information about seed balling technique: “The clay ball” or “Seed balls” method was pioneered by Mr. Masanobu Fukuoka who was a Japanese farmer and originator of the Natural Farming agricultural system. Seedballs have use in nearly any climate region in which plants can grow, for reseeding ecosystems into areas of man-made-deserts, for avoiding seed eaters, and for protecting seeds until long-duration rains fall to soak the clay ball, stimulating the seeds with the moisture, and washing away some of the clay off the top of the ball. The seeds inside then germinate in the best possible plant establishment conditions available in each climate-region. While this method has seen positive results of farming in India, the Philippines, Tanzania and Greece, it has never been tested on a large scale.
Workshop duration: approx 3 hours
Max number of participants: approx 20
Flow of the workshop:
- Short introduction on seed balls / Fukuoka
- Explanation of the making of seed balls.
- Making the seed balls.
- In the end of the workshop participants will be able to take seed balls with them
NOTICE! IT IS *NOT* NECESSARY TO REGISTER FOR THE SEEDBALLING WORKSHOP IN ADVANCE – YOU CAN JUST SHOW UP AT THE VENUE AND PARTICIPATE!