What a cool idea! A group in L.A. is working to install repurposed candy machines that sell pre-made seed bombs instead of candy.
From the article:
"Greenaid invites business owners, educators and concerned citizens to purchase a machine—pricing is about USD 400 each, with potential income generation of between USD 1,000 and USD 2,000 per year, Common Studio's Daniel Phillips told Springwise. Greenaid will then develop a seed mix and a strategic neighborhood intervention plan in response to the unique ecologies of the particular area. The purchaser can then simply place the machine at a local bar, business, school, park or wherever it seems likely to have the greatest impact. Greenaid supplies all the seed bombs needed to support the ongoing success of the initiative."
This would certainly encourage more people to get involved, and it's potentially a good fundraising tool. Sounds like the group is willing to partner with communities for the longer-term and not just drop off the machine and leave with their cash.
On the other hand, it kind of strikes me as a commercialization of activism. It's not as grassroots as good old-fashioned getting your hands dirty. And while solitary acts of guerrilla gardening are valuable, the gumball method doesn't really encourage cooperation or a sense of community the same way that gardening in groups does.
Cool idea though. Everybody loves gumball machines! Should we get one of these in Toronto?
Read the full article here.
Read more about the Greenaid project here.