HarborLAB works to make New York City safer and more beautiful by planting native plants on waterfronts in all five boroughs. Best of all, we perform this service as we explore the city by canoe and kayak!
We accomplish this through spartina seedlings provided by the Greenbelt Native Plant Center (coming by June) and seeds our students and volunteers collect (with permission from park managers) and those provided by the center, native seed companies, and our friends at Briermere Farms.
Shoreline vegetation protects us from storm surge and erosion, stabilizes dunes, and sustains birds, mammals, reptiles, and beneficial insects. These plants also beautify neglected spaces in lower-income neighborhoods and provide new science, technology, engineering, and math teaching opportunities and inspiration.
HarborLAB intern Jamilah Grizzle, a Brooklynite attending The Masters School, recently inventoried our current seed holdings so that ecologists working for city, state, and national parks and preserves can direct us to where these plants are needed and what method would be best. For example, one strategy HarborLAB loves is seedballing, because these cherry-sized globes of clay, compost, and seeds can be tossed from a boat or tossed into areas of need without trampling through nests and existing plants. Making seedballs is also a terrifically social way of teaching kids and adults about local plant life cycles and how seeds are spread in nature.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if your school or youth service group would like to make seedballs, gather seeds, make seed starters, or even paddle with us to plant!
|Ageratina altissima||White Snakeroot|
|Eragrostis spectabilis||Purple Love Grass|
|Helianthus||Sunflower||Common Sunflower, Incredible, Mammoth Russian, Mammoth, Solar Eclipse, Sunscraper Hybrid, Sunshine|
|Lathyrus japonicus||Beach Pea|
|Leymus mollis||American Dunegrass|
|Opuntia humifusa||Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus|
|Pinus rigada||Pitch Pine|
|Prunus maritima||Beach Plum|
|Rhus typhina||Staghorn sumac|
|Rubus altissima, occientalis||Raspberry||Black cap, Pennsylvania|
|Rudbeckia hirta||Black Eyed Susan|
|Solidago||Goldenrod||Canada, Gray, Seaside|
Another excellent post. Seedballs are a great way to diversity the ecosystem while giving people an easy way to take real world actions towards greater resilience and sustainability. Harbor Lab continues to do a fine job. BTW, what a cool bonus post yesterday about graphene as potential salt water filter for millions.