This is a series of posts made up of a course in school on sustainability and biomimicry. My class was divided into groups and each group was given an animal to design for. My group got the earthworm. Our assignment was to figure out what the earthworms need and how to give it to them. We studied the earthworms from both a macro and micro perspective to understand what role they have in our ecosystem and how they function in themselves.
Initially, we came up with design ideas using earthworms for human beings’ benefit. Then we iterated but still made the design proposals that were for the human beings’ sake even though these designs somewhat protected the earthworms from harm, inflicted on them by the human. Then we reiterated and came up with Seed Globes on Rope.
As we decided to work with farmers we studied the habits of farmers and what their different tasks do to the earth, where the earthworms live and preferably undisturbed. We finally found the community of no-till farmers who dig into the soil as little as possible. We decided to reduce their digging even further and created the Seed Globes on Rope.
These are balls of soil and natural matter such as old coffee grounds and inside are seeds. They are attached to a rope so that you do not have to think about spacing your seeds but instead simply stretch the rope across your mulch bed and lay it down and water in order to activate the seed inside.
Bio based plastic
To understand what materials we needed to create sturdy Seed Globes we started out by making a variety of bio-based plastic. The version shown below is made out of carrageenan, which is an algae. I also added old coffee grounds to the mix.
We left the bio-based plastic behind as we realized the Seed Globes pretty much only need soil and water to keep together. Below I have documented when I try out different recipes of Seed Globes using water, soil, ash from our own fireplace where we have made fires from the trees in our garden, local newspaper and cornstartch. 🙂
I have never been this happy to see a seed sprout!