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Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

Perk up your Thursday with this TED Talk video featuring artist and designer Ron Finley. Finley grew up in South Central Los Angeles. In his own words:

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.

It’s the drive-thru fast-food stands that contribute more to the area’s poor health and high mortality rate, with one in two kids contracting a curable disease like Type 2 diabetes.

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

Finley had a vision for a healthy, accessible “food forest” that started with the curbside vegetable garden he planted in the strip of dirt in front of his own house. When the city tried to shut it down, Finley’s fight gave voice to a larger movement that provides nourishment, empowerment, education — and healthy, hopeful futures — one urban garden at a time

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.

Check out Finley’s incredible talk here:

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

Learn more about Finley here: http://www.ted.com/speakers/ron_finley.html

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About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit www.joesmovement.org

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