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“Los Angeles-based ‘gangsta gardener’ and community leader Ron Finley is determined to redefine ‘gangsta’ as being about building thriving communities, not machismo.” “Gardening is gangsta: Mother Nature is gangsta. Being educated, creative and self-sustaining is gangsta. That whole concept was about turning a negative into a positive. If you...

“The garden was beautiful,” Finley said teary eyed, “and then someone complained.”  The city threatened him to remove the garden and put out a warrant for his arrest. The LA Times picked up the story, which prompted a petition, which prompted the city to change its zoning laws. The garden grew and thrived. In 2011, the owner of the property on which...

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.” Original post can be found at, “Ted.com“ ...

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This woman started a “Food is Free” laneway next to the side of her house that she rents.  The entire community supports the project by sharing their own “extras” and working together to take care of the plants that are growing there.  Everything is free. “The concept that something is free blows peoples’ minds,” says Risdale to Happen....

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