Early in 2019, the Corrales Kiwanis Club, sponsor of the Corrales Harvest Festival, asked SCMG Sam Thompson to bring agricultural activities for youth into the Festival. Sam, with the help of John Thompson and Sangeeta Kala McCandless, created three seed-related activities for the Festival. With the help of more than 20 SCMG members more than one thousand youth and adults visited the tents and enjoyed the activities.
A seed mosaic, that will be permanently displayed in Corrales was created by kids of all ages. The mosaic design was created by local artist Bonnie Mitisik. The completed mosaic is shown below.
From left Paget Rose, Betsy Herrlinger, Sangeeta Kala McCandless and Sam Thompson.
Kids also had the opportunity to make individual seed mosaics to take home and many did just that (lots of adults chose to make mosaics as well).
In a third tent, festival goers were allow to create seed bombs. A mud mixture of clay, sand, and potting soil were formed into balls by hand and then rolled in wildflower, native plant, or native grass seeds. The seed bombs can be tossed in areas where they will decompose and germinate seeds in the spring. The seed bombs were a hit with kids and adults walking away with hundreds of bombs and muddy hands. We had extra materials left over and after a discussion with the Corrales Fire Department we provided them with material to create native plant and native grass seed bombs for use in restoration around the Village.