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A guerilla gardener in South Central LA | Ron Finley

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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." TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
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Jorge Olea (1 day ago)
"...thats why it's on the street, I want them to take it. But at the same time I want them to take back their health."
Roland Greystoke (9 days ago)
You should be head of the Department of the Interior.
greggenest (10 days ago)
Much respect Ron! you have fans now overseas!!
armani joefield (13 days ago)
i wonder how he feels about aquoponics for mass production of vegetable in an urban area - not to mention the bonus of selling the fish too - slight business idea ive always considered - inspiring ted talk to say the least
Rachel Edwards (17 days ago)
Love thisss
Nancy Benefiel (1 month ago)
I love this guy.
Great Video! I just subscribed to your channel. Please check mine out and subscribe if you like it! Good luck my friend!
Kerry Renwick (1 month ago)
An inspiring example of food sovereignty. People making their lives better and helping others to improve their lives. Transforming communities in a positive way.
You Tube (1 month ago)
I feel so proud watching this! You are inspirational!
Scott Thompson (1 month ago)
This man for President! So much common sense.
I love gardening. I love this guy!
Nguyễn Văn TOÀN (2 months ago)
Wow. I love guy,
Adam Forrest (2 months ago)
Gangster Gardener love it
Ivonne Lopez (2 months ago)
how does one start?
City soils can be contaminated with weed killer, car leaks ect, containers are a dollar at dollar tree, so is a small bag of potting soil. Thats 2 dollars plus the cost of plants, and seeds are 25 cents there too, though I've heard mixed reviews about seeds that cheap. I did grow some good green beans from them last year. I've been thinking about making some container gardens and just leaving them on side walks and the edges of apartment parking lots, probably including a little sign that says its free too.
George Abraham (2 months ago)
Positive message. Been diving into the hopi dry corn ideas as well. I think this is what the world needs over violent protest and madness.
Marc Braun (4 months ago)
Back to nature is the only key to open the door to the future. We have to become self reliant and sustainable again in order to become physically stronger and have clearer minds. Smart kids aren't only smart by genetics. Smart kids grow up in households where they are served good foods. Fresh foods with lots of vitamins. It's not the meat and certainly not the fastfood that gives us the mindpower. It's the freshly grown foods. If you look at the high cultures of the past, the egyptians, the greeks, the romans and later the great sailing nations such as the portuguese, the spanish and the british, all these cultures existed around a vast, large selection of plant based foods, drinks, oils & herbs. If you want your kids to have the optimal chances in life, one huge aspect is the choice of food!!
LaWendeltreppe (4 months ago)
Food deserts- unbelievable for us Europeans. How lucky we are.
Art Curious (4 months ago)
Welcome to America where the poor die from obesity related diabetes. It’s time to start growing our own food. Take control of our own lives. Because ultimately fast food and government don’t care about your community or your future. Urban farming and vertical farming is the future.
Broniuks Antanuks (5 months ago)
We need new revolution!!!
This TED Talk *literally* changed my life! The very next day after watching it, my young son and I went out and planted herbs and vegetables in a plot out in front of our house. The next season, we began gardening with the children in the international Montessori school we founded in central Japan, using that produce to prepare school lunches. A few years later, we sold it all and my family and I moved to Italy, where I studied sustainable food systems at a cooking school in Sicily. Now, we travel the world full time, learning about and sharing the languages and global culinary traditions of every place we've lived (and even some of the places we still want to go!). Thank you, Mr. Finley, for sharing your passion with the world in such a powerful way!!! #plantsomeshit
Angela Louise (5 months ago)
TED should definitely have a link to this mans website or something!
Xxx_Shadow_xxX (5 months ago)
I love this episode so much
Robert Wright (5 months ago)
George Soros did not give this brother 30 million! Understand, that there have always been brothers and sisters who are innovative and care about their communities, but they need resources. In the end, anyone can afford to plant a seed, not a Monsanto frankenseed!
Yep even really good seeds are only 2.50-3 dollars. Dollar tree has seeds for 25 cents, I grew some good green beans last year with those but I've seen mixed reviews from other people.
Mr RTV (6 months ago)
LOL. This guy is awesome.
Alguien más vino por el World Book Intro?
jason Miller (7 months ago)
+ you get strawberries😂 Big ups !
Decidely88 (7 months ago)
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!!
Albert Avedissian (7 months ago)
Keep up the great work.All the power to you.Stepping up and doing it.namaste.May Buddha watch over you.
Robert cracknell junior (7 months ago)
fantastic idea :)
Nonette Mendoza (7 months ago)
This is awesome. I am inspired. I will share this idea to my community.
spirit 1770 (7 months ago)
Urine is also the best Fertilizer. TRUE STORY PEOPLE 20-1 Then after that start to drink it. Shivambu
Morten O'saurus (8 months ago)
This was a great talk. It gave me "dust" in my eyes :)
harevir (8 months ago)
I love this project!!
airmark02 (8 months ago)
Food Scarcity ~the legacy of the Neoliberal Obama years... this is real change good for him.
Raquel Bennett (2 months ago)
President Obama did not cause food deserts: Results show that, controlling for population and percent African Americans, in 1970, supermarkets were more likely to locate in urban areas with higher poverty and lower income. This pattern of supermarket placement gradually changed direction from 1970 to 1990. Future research and policy should deal with the problem of food deserts in economically disadvantaged areas as a historical issue. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2329496515604639
144Donn (8 months ago)
One of my heroes!
aljawisa (9 months ago)
This guy's stealing all my ideas. Take it at as racists, I don't care; but it takes a brother to see the obvious. It's always been 'the powers that shouldn't be' main agenda to separate people from the Earth, and make them pay eternal rent (property taxes) to some worthless government.
ItsMaggie Bruh (9 months ago)
I back this 1000% I want to fly there just to help for a year
Ashabi Fatosin Rich (9 months ago)
A man's man. Absolutely on the A game. High praise.
S Davis (9 months ago)
Brilliant! Bravo Ron Finley!
Bobby Kiefer (9 months ago)
Awesome. I would like to see a fishin' hole in da hood too. It would change lives.
Nightlight (10 months ago)
Who would give this a thumbs down? Really?
Ariel Openmind (10 months ago)
I never get tired of watching this.
PacMan (10 months ago)
Lol the soil he uses is for "tomato plants"
Mr. White (10 months ago)
Funny how everywhere on Earth with a black majority has the same problems. It's almost as if there's a common denominator we aren't allowed to discuss.
Almost like there are people who use genetic or "cultural" inferiority as an excuse to ignore factors that are under peoples control
Sodik Shodiev (10 months ago)
heads down bro you killed it, big respect!
As a Black gardener, that teaches and encourages my people. I strongly insist that my people wake up to the truth and know who they really are. We have a direct connection with the soil and it is our heritage, custom and rights to be self sufficient. All praise to the most high Yahuah our true Elohim. Thank you Mr Ron Finley, I have enjoyed listening to you for years. I always come back to this video. Shalom brother
SheLearnsLife (8 months ago)
"Organics Best" Urban Gardner What kind of foods do you plant?
Darryl Yarbrough (11 months ago)
My favorite Ted talk of all time
Sonya Christian (11 months ago)
I love Gardening and your Words are truly Great... I too grew up in the Inner City - I believe growing in our communities is what we need to do.... Grow our Food, grow Flowers and Share!!! Keep up your inspiring work!! I love Compost too....
Jay Romeo (1 year ago)
So good!! Grow your own food and heal the people. Too bad our government wants total control. Our right to life is only a right if we take up the responsibility. You sir, are a great example of a man taking on that responsibility!
Tom George (1 year ago)
Why the subtitles FFS!
Adrienne Bennett (1 year ago)
that the most gangsta ted talk I heard in my life. I am here for it!
dailydols (1 year ago)
Self-maintinging means for me: Give it an initiatual push in the right direction, give it minor pinches to stay there. So it should not not be that hard.
Jack Meyer (1 year ago)
it's totally fast food that's making you guys fat... it has nothing to do with being lazy or undisciplined...
Jayson Hemmig (1 year ago)
I want to hang out with this guy!!
Ivan Lopez (1 year ago)
Plant Back The Plants
Bobby Babinski (1 year ago)
I just saw and listen to you @ HSU. Why do you say in one moment we have to inspire each other and yet you directly attack white men because you don't like the "think outside the box" saying. It is stupid as you say. That's why it had to be made up by a white guy. Oh but I am not sopposed to critically think because that is dumb too. But if I didn't then I would be as ignorant as you. How much did the state pay for your rehash of a bad yt vid. You were uninspiring. Your presentation,was weak at best, and your pictures looked like they were taken with a throw away camera by a 2 year old. I wanted to talk to you,and even invite you to my house and see what we got going. But I don't even want you in my county. You pass yourself off as an authority of history. Someone had to round up the weaker tribes. Guess what color their skin was. BLACK! You are a sellout just like the ones who sold their brothers and sisters to the slave trader ships? You are the problem, you will do anything for money. And you do. LIE CHEAT AND STEAL. SOUNDS LIKE YOU WORK FOR THE GOVT. I PRAY THAT YOUR STAY HERE IS MADE MOST UNCOMFORTABLE FOR YOU BY THE MOST HIGH. THE ALMIGHTY HAYAH!
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Cheryl M (1 year ago)
This is so beautiful- he truly is such a revolutionary❤️
pedro97w (1 year ago)
Great job Ron Finley.Writing you a check now and I am Trump supporting, TEA party white guy.
Eliana (1 year ago)
Probably my favorite ted of all time
#mystreegardenLA gave me idea's to use thank you I live in the food desert Normandie and Adams
Jeremiah Liggins (1 year ago)
I really hope they do soil testing before establishing a new garden, would hate to think what chemicals have leached over the years in that city
rich t mason (1 year ago)
Yep replanting the garden of Eden!!! Crazy how we humans not only industrialized humans but in humans in Africa and Asia have forgotten how good it feels to be surrounded by nature... Nature for us is natural...for sure....
Sylvie W (1 year ago)
I used to hate cantaloupe until I planted my own. Didn't know cantaloupe could taste sooooo good!!!!,nothing like the ones sold in the store. This opened my mind to the fact that what we get in the stores is questionable in content and nutrients. I realized that I just might enjoy and eat more vegetables and fruits if I grow them myself. As you said it truly is an honor in growing and sharing your own food. Plus it taste fabulous.
Laura Podrasky (1 year ago)
Ron Finely I love you because you love
Carlos Navia (1 year ago)
I don't know why anybody would give this a "thumbs-down'.
Tom Russell (1 year ago)
Brilliant! why would people dislike this?
denisbudbud (1 year ago)
Amen on that!
Mehedi K (1 year ago)
straight G
Simply Sheen (1 year ago)
Ken LEE (1 year ago)
Our Father is the Gardener!
Teoviel Nabeole (1 year ago)
''Drive 45 min to get an apple that doesn't have pesticides..'' I can totally relate..Thank you for the amazing awesome work and inspiration.
Vk Nyc (1 year ago)
Interesting how your company name has the word Digger in it. Many California blacks are actually Digger Indians. Look it up.
BIG DINO (1 year ago)
salute king
Krsna Loka (1 year ago)
Dude sounds similar to Jay Z.. lool!!
scott xmas (1 year ago)
Why do people fucking downvote
Sudheer Kumar (1 year ago)
"how do i reach these keeedsss!?"
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Carlos Vasconcellos (1 year ago)
love this dude, i want to meet him since I am in LA - i am doing the grow what you eat in the east side, newbie
gusy629 (1 year ago)
I was under depression and attempted to commit suicide twice. Gardening is a real therapeutic and it bring my life back. I couldn't agree with him more. Love the video.
shamsuddin ali (1 year ago)
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Simon Williams (1 year ago)
amazing. i fucking love it!
KeskinCookin (1 year ago)
Thank you! Fee free to subscribe for deliciousness.
Morph Verse (1 year ago)
Amazing initiative!!, especially in the hood colorized by gardens.. Now that´s Gangsta indeed!..
Arjun Dayal (2 years ago)
One of my favourite talks ever.
The OrchiDaily (2 years ago)
I'd love to do this!
kiLLjoy24CALI (2 years ago)
I be Crip walking in my sweet potato fields
Shocks kwik Kut (2 years ago)
hey man , i love your thought, your actions, just divine intententions
TJ Juarez (2 years ago)
The profanity!
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Tori Truong (2 years ago)
what is an ecolutionary renegade?
Naomi Cugini (2 years ago)
Tori Truong This guy.
Jasna Petrova (2 years ago)
Innovator, practical, empathetic, smart. Just everything we need right now.
Ethan Pale (2 years ago)
You can do this, he is sharing a dream. The power starts with you. Seeds are cheap, and spring is coming. Plant some! Just..... DO IT What can the planting of 50 million trees in one day teach us about our own failed abilities to create change in our own respective countries? And what really makes a good citizen on this planet? Is it marching before the White House? Is it holding a piece of paper that promises you certain rights and privileges because of where your zip code happens to be? Or is there more to it? https://infiniteshift.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/i-uv-india-plants-50-million-trees-in-24-hours-lessons-on-the-power-of-one/
Rob Reiken (2 years ago)
Ron Finley is one of the greatest people to ever to do what he does in the light of humanity. People everywhere need to see his work, make this viral
Lifted Gift (2 years ago)
The Ron Finley Project is facing dismantling and needs support! See their campaign at http://gofundme.com/savethegangstagarden
Bluebell (2 years ago)
Quote this man
Buster Brown (2 years ago)
Big Agra and the Grocers Association probably are the ones who objected to your garden.
mesCheerios (2 years ago)
or maybe they even wanted to put that land on hold hoping that macdonalds would buy it at some point

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