Whenever I get overwhelmed with school and my general responsibilities, I immediately jump to the conclusion that, “I should quit school and save the bees.” (Does anyone else ever have this problem??) I know this sounds a little crazy, but it’s like productive procrastination! If I were to “quit school” and run away from my responsibilities to help a worthy cause, then it’s totally justified, right? Well, I was definitely doing some “productive procrastination” and was researching how to start saving the bees when I stumbled upon this: Seedles.
What are Seedles you may ask? They are, in the founders’ own words, “rainbow bright balls of seed, compost, and clay.” Seedles are very unique balls of wildflower seeds held together by clay and compostable matter. Their purpose is to help restore the natural foliage and greenery that grow in each region of the nation to help provide places of “work” for local pollinators. Seedles had the mission to grow 1 million wildflowers through the use, distribution, and planting of Seedlesl; which was surpassed in 2014! By doing so, the movement and planting of Seedles might just be the right step forward we need to begin saving the bees.
I’m very serious when I say bees need our help. They have been suffering from Colony Collapse Disorder for the past ten years, due, most likely, to parasites, pesticides, and deforestation. With the help of Seedles, the natural wildflowers that grow in your region can slowly be restored, which will, in turn, help create natural jobs for the honeybees. These creations are so unique and all you have to do to “plant” them is to simply throw them on the ground – with some intention of spreading them out, of course. One Seedle can grow enough wildflowers to cover one square foot of land. Because of this, as long as you spread your Seedles out, they will help restore the natural wildlife in your area.
The ever so creative innovation of Seedles, and their effortless planting, reminds me of our lecture, in which a creative is addressing a problem through a useful solution (Lecture, Morrison). Additionally, the founders of Seedles approached a problem “in a creative way to meet the needs of the community, therefore increasing the quality of life” (McLean 226). If you don’t think bringing back wildflowers in a near effortless and innovative design to save the bees is not creative, then I don’t know what is.
So, maybe I will drop out of school, buy some Seedles, and help save the bees… We’ll see how this semester goes.
McLean, Laird D. "Organizational Culture’s Influence on Creativity and Innovation: A Review of the Literature and Implications for Human Resource Development." Advances in Developing Human Resources 7.2 (2005): n.