January 18, 2016
MLK Day of Service – Seed Bombs!
By: Scott Wiley
Today we recognize Dr. Martin Luther King as a visionary and acknowledge his bravery and dedication to humanity in our nation’s fight for civil rights. Dr. King’s legacy is unrivaled and his dedication to the community was unprecedented. In celebration of this national holiday, Timmons Group partnered with HandsOn Greater Richmond to participate in a small community service project to help beautify the James River Park System (JRPS).
As a part of the many service projects happening around Richmond today, Environmental Scientists, Engineers, and Landscape Architects from Timmons Group teamed up to get their hands dirty and make seed bombs. What’s a seed bomb? Five parts clay, one part compost, and one part native wildflower seeds. It’s a recipe for dirty hands! Seed bombing is an effective way to distribute seeds by forming and tossing little nuggets of clay, compost and appropriately-selected seeds that can be used to help establish green cover in wastelands and otherwise neglected areas throughout the park system. Now that over 400 seed bombs have been assembled, they will be delivered to the James River Park System and spread out by volunteers in locations that have been identified as being in need of vegetative cover.
While seed bombing seems insignificant in comparison to the service that Dr. King provided our country, it is often these small grass-roots efforts that help form comradery and community in our cities. As a part our mission to better serve our community, we often look for unique ways to give back and little opportunities like this are perfectly aligned with our values and our interests as stewards of the land.