TED Talk a Day - Day 19: A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA by Ron Finley

Here's my notes from Ron Finley's A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA:

  • 26.5 Million Americans live in a Food Desert
  • The drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys
  • Obesity rate in my neighborhood is like 5 times higher than Beverly Hills, which is probably 8-10 miles away
  • Food is the problem AND the solution
  • The City of LA owns 26 square miles of vacant lots, the equivalent of 20 Central Parks, or enough room for 724,838,400 tomato plants
  • Growing your own food is like printing your own money
  • To change a community, you have to change the composition of the soil -- we are the soil
  • Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do -- especially in the inner city
  • If kids grow kale, kids eat kale
  • I see kids of color and they’re on this track -- that’s designed for them -- that leads them to nowhere
  • Gardening is a path to a sustainable life
  • Free is not sustainable, the funny thing about sustainability...you have to sustain it
  • Get gangsta with a shovel and let that be your weapon of choice
  • Don’t call me if you want to have meetings and sit in cushy chairs and talk about doing shit.  If you want to meet with me, come to the garden with a shovel.

Great information here. I'm looking forward to owning some property and growing a garden ASAP.

Here's the talk: