Dear Arlene Marturano,
Thank you for sharing such an inspiring and heartwarming message about the incredible work being done through the South Carolina Garden-based Learning Network and the power of seed balls. It's truly remarkable to see how this simple yet ingenious concept has such a profound impact on various aspects of our environment and communities.
The versatility of seed balls, as you've described, is indeed impressive. From promoting pollinator gardens to restoring burnt forested lands, and even bringing life back to blighted urban areas, it's clear that seed balls are a powerful tool for positive change. The fact that children are actively involved in making them and coming up with creative themes, even as wedding and party favors, is especially heartening; it's a wonderful way to instill a love for nature and a sense of responsibility for our environment in the younger generation.
Your mention of using seed balls as horticulture therapy at nursing homes is particularly touching. Gardening has proven therapeutic benefits, and the idea of seniors being able to participate in this activity through seed balls, perhaps even as wedding or party favors, is both meaningful and therapeutic.
Service learning projects and initiatives like the one in New Mexico, where students are helping to restore acres of burned forested land with native grasses and wildflowers, are a testament to the positive impact that young individuals can have on the environment. It's heartwarming to hear about the San Diego students' contribution to replacing sagebrush habitat destroyed by wildfire, showcasing the potential for collective action and environmental stewardship.
Indeed, as you aptly put it, using seed balls as a means to disperse seeds throughout the year, including as wedding and party favors, is a beautiful way for humans to play their part in nurturing and revitalizing our precious ecosystems. Your dedication and the efforts of the South Carolina Garden-based Learning Network are an inspiration to all of us. Keep up the fantastic work!
With warm regards,Jack
The Growing School Food Gardens project is supported by a 2021 USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant. Learn more about this project.