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What you see here are Seed Bombs, made from clay, (found in abundance here in the flood plain environment of Southern Manitoba), vermicast and a mixture of various native seeds.  They include squash, cucumbers, beans, sunflowers and lots of colourful flowering plants.  You’ll find out why flowers are included in a bit.  They are about one inch in diameter and after drying for a few days will be hard little missiles full of the promise of life.

Seed Bomb technology has been employed by First Nations communities for thousands of years.  It’s effective for a number of reasons, the clay protects the seeds from predation and keeps them inert over the winter in different environments.  The vermicast or compost provides a solid food source when the seeds start sprouting, rather like the yolk inside a developing egg.  They are designed to only open when conditions are perfect as they require the presence of liquid water to soften up the clay.  They can be deployed in the Autumn or Winter and left to their own devices till spring, freeing up the grower for other tasks.

Our Seed Bombs are being deployed right now, all along the banks of the winding Assiniboine River from the Southwest corner of our province straight up to Winnipeg.  We made them to contribute to the annual music flotilla.  It’s probably a little early in the season for this but we’re giving it a shot.  Next year when the flotilla merrily goes by, they’ll hopefully be able to munch some of their pre-planned edibles. Hence the colourful flowers, our paddlers need some way to identify the bounty, what better than a flash of brightness in what’s usually a sea of green.

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