Ron Finley – Guerilla Gardener

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When I’m not gardening, or hanging with my family, I’m working. 

I have a job that I love, where I work from home, and part of my job is watching inspiring talks by inspiring people, so that I can share that inspiration, hope and knowledge with others.

I was recently sent a link to a TED talk by Ron Finley. Ron Finley plants gardens in South Central LA and is creating his own personal movement to introduce education, nourishment, empowerment and health, one garden at a time.

There were a few key quotes from this talk that really send the message, but the entire talk is well worth watching:

  • South Central Los Angeles [is the] home of the drive-thru and the drive-by. Funny thing is, the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.
  • Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries.
  • We gotta flip the script on what a gangsta is — if you ain’t a gardener, you ain’t gangsta.
  • If kids grow kale, kids eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, if they’re not shown how food affects the mind and the body, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.

So much of what Ron Finley is working for, is why we grow our edible garden. So our children will know where their food comes from, so they will know the taste of untreated, unmodified food, and so that they will enjoy the benefits of fresh, organic, natural food and come to appreciate that infinitely more than the plethora of manufactured junk food constantly promoted to them.

Every time my son picks an Apple from one of our trees, or plucks a fat, fresh, bright red Strawberry from the patch, I smile, knowing he is about to take in natures energy and vitality, knowing that he is eating real food, the way it is meant to be. And my heart is filled a little more, knowing all our efforts are worth it.

So take a look at the clip below, and if you feel as inspired by it as I did, why not share it around and spread the word about edible gardening. Every garden planted, is another step towards a healthier, freer, and more conscious world.

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