Gardening -Like a Gangster!


I love what “Renegade Gardener” Ron Finley is doing!

He’s planting curbside gardens in South Central L.A. in order to bring healthy food to the ‘hood, which was, until recently, a bonafide food desert.

I first heard about Ron via his fantastic (and wildly popular) TEDx talk and then also really enjoyed Shiva Rose’s interview with him last week on her blog.

Every time I listen to him talk about growing food, I get inspired to get out in my yard. Most recently, in the hubbub of the end of another school quarter and exams, I had neglected my gardening duty and the weeds were getting out of hand. But I watched an interview with Ron, took a study break and got my butt out into the yard, tidied things up a bit and planted some packets of seeds I had been meaning to get into the ground for weeks. It was good exercise and felt so grounding -not surprising, since I had to dig in the dirt! I also picked up a few more starts at a local organic nursery. It took a few weeks, but they are really taking off now!

Here are some pictures of my July garden, with Ron’s quotes interspersed (the last bed is planted with seeds of malabar spinach, cilantro and cumin. I can’t wait until they emerge):


“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries.”


“Growing your own food is like printing your own money.”


“If kids grow kale, kids eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes.”


“We gotta flip the script on what a gangsta’ is — if you ain’t a gardener, you ain’t gangsta.”


Grow some sh*t!”

(Ron Finley photo credit: RickettSones)