I came across this video about Masanobu Fukuoka‘s endeavor to seed 100,000 hectares with community support in Arnissa, Greece. See movie here. The movie is a documentation of 80 year old Fukuoka’s insights and philosophy, and the process of making the clay seed balls and seeding the barren hillsides surrounding Arnissa. The clay seed ball method of mass planting is originally an ancient practice in which seeds for the next season’s crops are mixed together, sometimes with humus or compost for microbial inoculants and then are rolled within clay to form into small balls, which can then be broadcasted across large areas.
After watching the short film, naturally I was curious to know how the project turned out. What does the area look like today in 2012, fifteen years after initial seeding? My attempts to find some sort of documentation on the internet were to no avail. I read a few blurbs from indirect sources variously stating that, a) many of the seeds had been grazed by sheep, b) someone saw photos of the seeds germinating… but nothing concrete. As I am spending a fair bit of time in Greece these days, maybe I’ll head up North and have a look for myself.
If any readers of this website have information to offer related to the outcome of this project, I’d be interested to know. And judging by what I’ve come across on the internet, so would a lot of other people.