“When Kids Grow Kale, Kids Eat Kale.” That is one of the many seeds of wisdom found in this TED Talk by Ron Finley, “a guerrilla gardener” in South Central Los Angeles.
“Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”
Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.’s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating.”
Ron is a funny, gritty, truth-telling, inspirational gardener/artist, and I especially loved one of his final comments: “So basically, if you want to meet with me, …don’t call me if you want to sit around in cushy chairs and have meetings where you talk about doing some shit — where you talk about doing some shit. If you want to meet with me, come to the garden with your shovel so we can plant some shit.”