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Seeds of Change

by Kimberly Albright - Local Urban Forager, Southern California

It’s official – spring has sprung! As the days get longer and warmer, it seems everyone is talking about one thing: gardening. I just love seeing friends and neighbors sprucing their gardens with flowers and veggies.

One way to turn empty spaces into green spaces is by planting Greenaid’s Seedbombs. These small nuggets of clay, compost, and native seeds are made by hand and contain between 300-500 seeds. Greenaid’s founders, Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips, are making sure anyone in the urban landscape of LA and beyond has the opportunity to turn an empty spot of dirt into a lush, green garden.  They have a variety of Seedbombs from wild flowers, organic arugula, dog and cat grass, pollinator friendly flower blend, and garden herbs.

Greenaid has made Seedbombs more readily accessible through a coin-operated Greenaid Vending Machine – how creative! This fun gumball-like machine has been a huge hit, distributing seed bombs through 100+ strategically installed machines across the US since 2010. Using just the loose coins in your pocket, you can make a small but meaningful contribution to the beautification of your city.

Another reason I love working with Greenaid, is that their company continues to grow in a socially and environmentally sustainable way – offering long-term employment opportunities to formerly homeless men and women from the LA area. The profits from Seedbombs go to Project H Design.  Every Seedbomb planted is not only an investment in our planet but an opportunity to change people’s lives.  Throw and Grow!

Many of our Whole Foods stores sell Seedbombs in their floral department; next time you’re visiting, look out for the gumball machine or the recycled paper towel tubes with Seedbombs inside.

Kimberly Albright

Kimberly Albright is a Local Urban Forager for Southern California

by Kimberly Albright - Local Urban Forager, Southern California
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