New York Times
“…our food source…It’s been hijacked from us. But if you get soil, plant something in it and water it, you can feed yourself. It’s that simple.” —Ron Finley
Ron Finley…juggles jobs as a fitness trainer and fashion designer to support his passion for gardening…His radical fix is to take back [urban] land and plant it, even if it’s the skinny strip between concrete and curb….
He does not receive a salary for his work at L.A. Green Grounds
, the volunteer organization he helped found three years ago to install vegetable gardens in vacant lots and sidewalk medians in blighted areas…
Mr. Finley has been thrust into the unlikely role of pavement-pounding Johnny Appleseed. His talk
has received almost 900,000 views on TED’s Web site and his message that edible gardens are the antidote to inner-city health issues, poverty and gang violence (“if you ain’t a gardener, you ain’t gangsta,” he told the crowd) has gone supernova.