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Posted on Thu, May 2, 2013 : 12:08 p.m.

Ypsilanti Water Street 'seed bomb' event draws crowd on May Day

By Katrease Stafford

Several Ypsilanti residents participated in a planned May Day event on Water Street and "seed bombed" a portion of the property Wednesday.

Ypsilanti blogger Mark Maynard,along with other community members, organized and planned the seed bombing.

Maynard first posted about possibility of doing a seed bomb in early April and received a positive response from residents, who urged him to move forward with the idea.

Organizers created a mix of seeds, packed into a clump of clay and compost. The fresh “bomb” was then left to dry for a day or two. Then the actual “bombing” took place Wednesday, with several volunteers and children throwing the bombs on a designated portion of Water Street.

Flowers are expected to sprout within a few weeks.

“That property is right at the heart of the city and it’s a desolate, underutilized space, and has been 10 years,” Maynard said in an interview with a few weeks ago. “We’ve been waiting for development, so here people are kind of empowered to do something themselves by creating something that will grow, and having this plot that reflects resiliency of the city."

Residents used slingshots to fire off the seed bombs.

Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for her at or 734-623-2548 and follow her on twitter.



Fri, May 3, 2013 : 12:10 a.m.

I prefer flowers to a dollar store.


Thu, May 2, 2013 : 11:18 p.m.

Wow, after 10 years that is all we get, flowers.

Mary Ann Barbary

Thu, May 2, 2013 : 8:56 p.m.

It was a blast! Fun and social with great participation. Bringing back native plants to the Water Street Property for the enjoyment of all and the restoration of the habitat is a great activity for May Day. Huzzah! Thanks Mark, Jeff and all the rest of the crew. Glad to be your neighbor.