We like vending machines and we like seed bombs, so we were very delighted when we heard about this clever idea from the designers of Commonstudio. Under the name of Greenaid, the agency has launched these nifty vending machines that stimulate a bit of guerrilla gardening by appropriating the existing distribution system of the quarter operated candy machine. Insert a coin, take a seed bomb and create yourself a small green paradise.
Made from a mixture of clay, compost, and seeds, seed bombs are becoming an increasingly popular means combating the many forgotten grey spaces we encounter everyday, from sidewalk cracks to vacant lots and parking medians. The machine helps people to temporarily reclaim derelict urban sites and transform them into green, peaceful spots.
“Whether you’re a business owner, educator, or just a concerned citizen we’d like to work with you to get Greenaid in your community. You can purchase or rent a machine (or two, or ten…) directly from us and we will develop a seed mix as well as a strategic neighborhood intervention plan in response to the unique ecologies of your area. You then simply place the machine at your local bar, business, school, park, or anywhere that you think it can have the most impact. We will then supply you with all the seedbombs you need to support the continued success of the initiative.”
The project website features a short video which explains more about the initiative. As you can see on this map, the Greenaid seed bomb vending machines can already be found at a number of locations throughout the United States. Click here to become a fan on Facebook.