A million seedballs!

What better way to begin, than on a green note?

The Million Seedballs Programme is an innovative and fun-filled program that aims at scattering a million seedballs around parts of denuded areas of Bangalore: areas that are crying for green cover. BCIL-Alt.Tech Foundation, an organization that has been creating sustainable communities, has launched this campaign to sensitize urban communities on the issues of environment.

But what is a seedball?
It is a little ball of a mixture of clay and compost, with a seed inside. The seeds are carefully selected, to make sure that they are indegenous to Bangalore. e.g. Neem, Sampige, Jethropha, Honge, Ankola. The point is to keep the seed protected, until it finds a niche for itself in the biosphere, and is ready to grow.

How do you make a seedball?
The foundation gives you a seedball kit. You can make 1000 seedballs from each kit. All you have to do is, take some clay, pour some water in it, roll it into a little ball, make a little hole in it, pop the seed into it, and roll it up again. Leave it to dry for 24 hours, and there you have it – A whole habitat in a tiny clay ball (Masanobu Fukuoka, of the One Straw Revolution fame).

Is it fun?
It is! The Foundation came to our office with lots of these seedball kits. They even had a competition to see which group made the maximum number of seedballs, and the winners were given a unique prize! We had loads of fun getting our hands dirty, making the seedballs. We made around 6000 seedballs!

How can I get involved?
You could contact Sunil at vtsunil@millionseedballs.org [Mobile: +91 99455 46470], or you can get more info at their website.

Go on, get involved, and paint the town green!

6 Comments so far

  1. bellur ramakrishna (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 8:17 pm

    Congrats Shruthi for starting on this new venture! I am sure this will attract many more comments than your Hallucinations aka nychthemeron! Good luck and simply keep posting about namma bengaluru.

    And forgot, this was a good post.

    On a lighter note, if Nirwa had been in bangalore and read this post, she would have painted the town and even the suburbs GREEEEEN!

  2. bellur ramakrishna (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 8:22 pm

    And good luck for the future. By the way, I have been the first(and also the second) to comment in your blog. Remember, you were the first to comment in mine!

  3. raj plus (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

    Happy metro-blogging ,Shruthi.

    Target is a million seedballs,eh? Who’s keeping count?

  4. Shruthi (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 10:25 am

    Bellur Ramakrishna: Thanks a lot for the wishes and the encouragement! :)

    Raj Plus: The people at the foundation definitely are keeping count. They have a seedballs counter too. As of now, it reads 5,83,000 :)

  5. Viky (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

    Kudos!!! and Good luck !!!

  6. Shruthi (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 10:09 am

    Viky: Thank you!

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