August 6, 2010
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San Diego’s “Eco-Warrior” Debuts New Green Secret Weapon
Guerilla Gardening comes to It’s a Green Day Expo at NTC Park Saturday, August 7
(San Diego) – Eco-Warrior Jim Mumford of GreenScaped Buildings has a new green secret weapon as part of his effort to introduce plants and urban gardens to new spaces in San Diego. Mumford’s “Seed Bombs” will be introduced on Saturday, August 7, at the “It’s a Green Day Expo” at NTC Park.
“Seed Bombs” are a mixture of plant seeds surrounded by clay and fertilizer, developed by “guerilla gardeners” who originally used them to transform forgotten or abandoned urban landscapes in New York. They were tossed over fences onto empty lots to make the neighborhoods look better, and started the “guerilla gardening” movement 30 years ago. The first “seed bombs” used condoms, which did not biodegrade.
On Saturday, Mumford will demonstrate his new “Seed Bombs” dispenser – a repurposed gumball machine that will dispense seed bombs filled with Southwest native flower seeds and fertilizers. Seed bombs are now made of biodegradable materials. They can be "bombed" grenade-style or even launched with a slingshot for fun onto the land. When the bomb impacts, it breaks and scatters the seeds. The plants grow and the container biodegrades into the soil.
Mumford will add the seed bombs to his living laboratory at GreenScaped Buildings, where he tries out various methods and products that contribute to low impact development, sustainability and restorative buildings. “People know I’ll give anything a try,” says Mumford, “especially if there’s a ‘fun factor’ involved. When there’s a smile or laugh involved, people get interested and that’s when they get thinking and learning.”
Mumford will feature displays with a variety of “green building” and urban gardening products and systems on display including a miniature house complete with a green roof as part of the “It’s a Green Day Festival” and will be on hand to answer questions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mumford will also deliver a presentation on “Growing Plants in Weird Places” on the main stage at 2:15 p.m.
It’s A Green Day Festival is a free event dedicated to providing San Diegans with resources and information for a greener planet. It’s A Green Day Festival is a multi-city campaign dedicated to connecting people to resources and information for a greener planet, life with a focus on the dawning era of creativity, and innovation in “green technology” (also known as “clean technology”). The Expos and Festivals are bringing together pioneers dedicated to the promise of a healthier planet, as well as the prospect of growing businesses that promote sustainability.
“By getting creative and looking at urban spaces in a new way, we can allow gardens and nature to flourish in the middle of an urban environment,” said Mumford. “Not everyone can install a green roof or living wall, but everyone can play with fun items like our seed bombs and have the pleasure of watching flowers grow. We hope they help us plant the seed that gets people thinking in a serious way about the small things everyone can do to improve the environment around them. That’s how a secret weapon works!”
For additional information, visit www.greenscapedbuildings.com and www.TheGreenExpo.net
About GreenScaped Buildings
After more than 30 years of providing award-winning plantscaping service and design to the region as the owner of Good Earth Plant Company, Jim Mumford and GreenScaped Buildings has expanded the focus to include green roofs, living walls, and rainwater harvesting systems. Mumford’s passion for low impact development, sustainability and restorative buildings will cultivate a legacy through GreenScaped Buildings for which future generations can be proud.