The Great Seed Bomb is Growing!
The Great Seed Bomb is a 15-mile fun ride benefiting pollinators. During the inaugural event in November 2015, over 100 cyclists threw 4,000 seed balls - bundles made of clay and compost packed with native milkweed and wildflower seeds - from their bikes as they rode 15-miles via Trinity Trails in the Clear Fork natural area in Fort Worth. The ride was pure fun with live music, food trucks, and a pop-up market at the finish line.
Proceeds were donated to local environmental nonprofits and conservation groups to keep the work going. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), Friends of Tandy Hills and River Activation for the Trinity were the three carefully-selected beneficiaries.
Results from the Pilot Test Ride
The very first pilot test raised $4,157.14 through tickets, vendors, sponsors, donations, and t-shirt and seed ball bag sales. The Great Seed Bomb donated 50% and used the remaining 50% to cover a portion of expenses, providing each of the three beneficiaries $692.85. An additional fundraiser at Craft and Growler in Dallas was held to celebrate the completion of the pilot ride and 100% was donated to LLELA.
The event and beneficiaries received local and national press from The Huffington Post, prime-time radio headline coverage on KERA/NPR, CultureMap, Dallas Observer, Public News Service and GreenSource DFW. The Great Seed Bomb received a $1,000 grant from The Pollination Project (as seen on CBS Sunday Morning) and more rides are planned to take place in Fall 2016.
Since that first Great Seed Bomb, we’ve received enthusiastic requests for additional events from Dallas to Australia. The November ride garnered more than 5,000 social media shares, 10+ articles written by outside organizations, attention from the national press, and public radio shout outs.
Like the issue it aims to address, this event is global and we aim to open source our solution by spring 2017. The Great Seed Bomb is launching a crowdfunding campaign to keep the movement going with more events across North Texas and the nation. It will continue to donate proceeds to support unique habitat restoration and environmental projects designed to help boost bee and butterfly populations.
The Great Seed Bomb Method is Completely Unique
The Great Seed Bomb is all about awareness, fundraising, and hyper-localized action. The ultimate goal is to become a national and eventually international event series – planting native seeds, offsetting habitat fragmentation for bee and butterfly populations, and raising money and awareness to hyper-localize environmental impact. By raising awareness and funds on a local level, The Great Seed Bomb helps create communities that will work together to boost their pollinator habitat. City officials, local businesses, and individual citizens all have a role to play if we are going to bring our pollinators back from the brink.
We’re asking our tribe to please tune in and share our crowdfunding campaign launching September 1 on Indie GoGo’s Generocity.
If the mission of The Great Seed Bomb is meaningful to you, please share the campaign with your followers, community, and friends. The bees and monarchs are counting on us and there isn’t a moment to waste!