Image Source: Edited screen capture from TheCommonStudio.com.

Are there areas in your community that are obviously lacking in plants (or green space)? Do you sometimes wish you could add more of that missing green space to your surroundings? Would you like to get your community involved, too? Then check this out:

The Common Studio has developed an awesome idea known as Greenaid-Seedbomb Vending Machines. The machines are old gumball machines that are fixed up for a new purpose: the giving of seedbombs. These seedbombs are made from a mixture of clay, compost, and seeds. All it requires of you is to put some pocket change into the machine, retrieve your seedbomb, and throw it in any area you think may need a bit of greening up, such as a vacant lot or sidewalk cracks.

As for where you can find one of these vending machines, well, some communities already have them and you can check out the Greenaid Google Maps here. However, if you want to add them to your own community, all you have to do is contact Greenaid! You can purchase or rent as many machines from them as you like. Then, they will create a seed mix specifically for your area (my guess would be the seeds will include species native to your area, rather than invasive species) and they will also provide you with a “strategic neighborhood intervention plan” to help you get started. These machines can be placed anywhere—by a school, in the mall, at the grocery store, or anywhere it will have a big impact—but make sure you have the permission of the business owner first. As long as Greenaid is a success in your community, they will keep supplying you with all the seedbombs you need.

If you want to check out the machines in action, there are some posted throughout Los Angeles with seedbombs that contain native California wildflower seeds, including Blue Flax, California Poppy, Lupine, and White Yarrow. The machines can hold up to 200 seedbombs and currently they are on a mission to get 12 more machines set up throughout the L.A. area. According to their mission site, you can get your very own vending machine and 300 seedbombs for a pledge of $650. You can find out more about that campaign and other available pledges here.

To find out more about the Greenaid-Seedbomb Vending Machine and how you can get involved, check out the official site here!