“ If you ain’t a gardener, you ain’t Gangsta.”
-Ron Finley, Urban Gardener and Artist
Artist and horticultural revolutionary, Ron Finley beautifully explains how gardening in unused urban spaces could effectively solve a variety of health and economic problems. Obesity, in both children and adults, is directly related to the processed food that’s so prevalent in the American diet. In impoverished urban areas, these effects are amplified by the fact that it’s easier to get a bottle, a gun or fast food cheeseburger than it is to find a fresh fruit or vegetable.
Finley put words into action and created a viable solution to these problems and, oddly enough, he initially caught hell for it from local government. Yes, Ron Finley was cited for gardening on land, in front of his house, that the City of Los Angeles wasn’t using anyway. Perhaps the thought is the sunflowers and kale might provoke some sort of civil unrest…
It may seem far – fetched but is Ted talk begs the question: why doesn’t “The Man” want sunflowers, organic collard greens, and tomatoes growing in vacant lots in urban neighborhoods? This is a question that probably warrants it’s own separate discussion, but suffice it to say that growing your own food is one of the most empowering and things you can do for yourself and your family. To know that you can feed yourself, your loved ones and your community with real, unprocessed food means that you are in control of your life and your health.
Even if you live in a food desert, where grocery stores carrying fresh fruits and vegetables might not be available for miles, you can produce a vibrant diversity of healthy foods that will sustain your community and improve its health.
Watch the video, be enlightened and get involved with what Ron is doing.