Designed by Democratech, Sprout is a pencil that can be planted to grow different herbs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers, including basil, tomatoes, marigolds, and radishes. The pencil itself has a Ticonderoga cedar body and a script label letting one know what kind of seeds are inside. Once the pencil is worn down and too stubby to write with anymore, it can be planted base-down in a home, office, or school room. When the base is submerged in soil and watered, its capsule will break down, freeing the seeds. After about one week of water and direct sunlight, the sprout will emerge and begin to grow alongside the pencil stub. The edible plants can be enjoyed without worry, as the pencils are 100% non-toxic, and American Midwesterners who like to buy as-local-as-possible will be happy to hear that the pencils are handmade in Minnesota. Write away, green thumbs.

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Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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