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Ron Finley: A Guerilla Gardener In South Central LA

"Let The Shovel Be Your Weapon Of Choice"

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Ron Finley delivers a powerful show here, passionately explaining why he is tearing up the medians in South Central Los Angeles to plant vegetables.

"Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do" he says. "I have witnessed my garden become a tool for the transformation of my neighborhood."

He is a guerilla gardener in an area where the "drive-throughs are killing more people than the drive- by's". He wants to get the whole scene going in another direction, teaching everyone in the food desert (that only has fast food, liquor stores and vacant lots) especially kids, to grow and eat real food.

He calculates that since the city of Los Angeles has 26 square miles of vacant lots, there should be room for.. lets see: 724, 838,400 tomato plants!

And he's making it cool to garden... "Let the shovel be your weapon of choice" declares Ron Finley, a true Nextworldtv hero!

"Growing, working, teaching: changing turf into edible gardens in South Los Angeles": here is the website where you can see what his crew is up to -- and dig in if you're in the area!

--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by Ted Talks
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