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People often ask me how many mouths urban foraging can support. “Not enough,” I always say. Let’s change that. Guerrilla seed “bombs,” also known as “green grenades,” are little clay balls mixed with compost and packed with seeds. Tossing them along bike paths, abandoned lots and other public spaces helps plants take root, creating food for us as well as habitat for the nonhuman neighbors with whom we share our cities. You can find a recipe here.
Wondering who slinks about under cover of night? Check out Tom Brown Jr.’s “Field Guide to the Forgotten Wilderness,” a book filled with inspiring stories about the raccoons, opossums, weasels, rats, mice, snakes, birds, bats, insects and other friends who forage in the wee hours.
“Turning abandoned lots and alleys into little pockets of wilderness could bring mankind closer to a harmony with the natural world, and what better place to start than in the barren and sterile jungles of our cities,” Tom Brown Jr. writes. Here, here!
And thanks to Urban Scout for the tip.