Pluvia Semini (“seed rain”) is short for Seminalem Pluviam, which is latin for “seeded rain”. A long-term project developed by DrylandWFS (drylandwfs.com) to literally seed the rain. By means of large-scale ecological restoration with two distinct methods, primarily; through the seeding of particular areas of public and private land that is degraded or polluted (with very specific species of trees, that aren’t highly invasive or drought intolerant). Secondarily: low-profile, earthworks for the enhancement of watersheds and the remediation of damaged waterways from mining activities. Also symptomatically, these efforts will establish self-sustainable sources of food, medicine and building materials exactly where they are to be used. The methods we use, aim to drastically escalate several benefits towards the expansion of our regional water cycle, mainly: 1) increased condensation; 2) increased orographic lift-related, atmospheric friction; 3) increased infiltration; 4) reduced erosion; 5) increased soil organic matter, and; 6) reduced wind desiccation (windbreaks).
Pluvia Semini is a totem to lofty ideals, and an altar to self-empowerment. This project is designed to inspire simple change in our ideals towards food. We hope to test ancient thinking, and break far beyond conventional bounderies. Plants have been around 10s of millions of years. In social terms; they are the grand-ambassadors of sustainability, with reservoirs of information about life’s rhythms, in which we currently stumble. Pluvia semini was born from the first remnants of industrialized food.
Dryland WFS volunteers and team members live on site, directly within the project. Working in the forest with our primary tools being: soil, seed and rain. And our current infrastructure is lightweight and highly efficient. All funding and support is directly translated into pounds of seed and quantity of check dams, with very little collateral, and zero delay. Past projects have displayed: 80% of funding, directly purchases wholesale seed (organic, non-gmo, non-hybridized, freshly sourced seed); 15%, funds the planning and implementation of low-profile, creek repairs (brush layering and check dams); remaining 5% provides essential tools and other supports: rain gauges, buckets, inoculants, thermometers, seed processing and handling… Etc..
The vast majority of plants we seed are latitudinally-native species. Relatively accustomed to hot-summer, mild-winter climates with 6 months of seasonal drought. Dryland WFS practices with hundreds of taxa, sourcing highly resilient specimens to invigorate our native gene pools. This scale of variety offers a vast successional window, to provide a very dynamic and stable forest system. Most notably leading to exponential increases in the rate of succession (carbon sequestration) and biodiversity.
This winter we are set to compound our actions and boldly extend tree planting into the public sphere. Environmental anomalies are increasingly pressuring peoples priorities. Making ecological restoration, relatively invited and respected. Dryland WFS believes that authentic, unshackled projects of restoration will ignite the people to make the systemic changes we need. This inspires our team to reach out to new heights and enlist the world in a sustainable future. To learn more about us, check out Our Vision.
Find out about the force behind this project @ DrylandWFS.com