Ron Finley: Guerrilla Gardener

Ron Finley is a co-founder of Los Angeles Green Grounds, a group that plants gardens in South Central Los Angeles, which he refers to as the home of the drive-by and the home of the drive-thru. The initiative is a way to provide nourishing food to those who may not have access to healthy, nutritious food.

Death by drive-thru is a common thing in South Central Los Angeles, according to Finley. / Photo courtesy of Jim B. on yelp.com.

“I got tired of driving 45 minutes to get an apple that wasn’t injected with insecticide,” Finley says in his 2013 TED talk. “Growing your own food is like printing your own money.”

The talk is a look inside the efforts of the self-described “guerilla gardener” to transform his community and keep his neighbors from death by drive-thru (food).

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