Gangsta Gardner of the Ghetto

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

Never heard of Ron Finley?Ron Finley If so, you have missed out on an example of true Americana. In the aftermath of “hands up, don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe…” and the endless rhetoric about President Obama, isn’t it time to hear about an African-American man who is doing something good for the world (and being persecuted for it)?

Wait, persecuted?

Ron, a Los Angeles-based fashion designer for professional athletes, expressed his displeasure at the Food Deserts in inner-city neighborhoods. In areas where it is easier to find junk food than organic fresh fruits and vegetables, Ron decided to plant his own. And, in that a revolution started. His group LA Green Grounds serves its charter to build food gardens that feed low-income residents with fresh, affordable foods that are not readily available to them.

But how persecuted?

In the Huffington Post article:

Drive-Throughs Are Killing More People Than Drive-Bys

He added, in his CNN Op-Ed Piece:

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.


When kids learn to grow vegetables, they learn not only how to eat in a healthy way but how to be productive and are armed with a value system that will help them to navigate in their lives — values such as patience, appreciation, sharing, honesty and respect.


You will be surprised how kids are affected by this. One day, I was out in my garden attending to my sunflowers when a teenager passed by with his earphones hooked up, listening to his music. When he saw the huge sunflowers in my garden, he was taken aback: “Yo! Is dat real?” He was screaming. A few days later, he joined us in the garden.

Hmm, could this be why he feels that he is being persecuted?

And so, the number of people joining Ron Finley in his modern-day Johnny Appleseed movement grows. And as they plant vegetable gardens in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs, and etcetera… poor people now have a rich diet which should ward off high blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases that run rampant among the poor in America.


Check out Ron’s TED talk:


You may also wish to take some time to investigate Ron’s Web Site. There, you may learn more about this true American pioneer…




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