Can You Dig This – Ron Finley, The Gangsta Gardener


“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”

— Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener”

Ron Finley caught the public’s imagination when he delivered a highly entertaining and inspirational TED talk in 2013. Finley a self proclaimed ‘Guerilla Gardener’ 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.”

Since 2013, Finley has embarked on another project, ‘The Ron Finley Project.’ This project is about Igniting a Horti-cultural Revolution! Ron envisions a world where gardening is gangsta, where cool kids know their nutrition and where communities embrace the act of growing, knowing and sharing the best of the earth’s fresh-grown food. Ron is realizing his vision for community gardening and rejuvenation. He wants to grow this seed of urban gangsta gardening into a school of nourishment and change. He wants to help spread his dream of edible gardens, one city at a time so Americans can learn to transform food deserts to food forests. His idea is to help regenerate their lands into creative business models.

Finley has also with the help of a dedicated team and Executive Producer, John Legend, put together a documentary which helps to spread the word of Gangsta Gardening, ‘Can You Dig This,’ explores the urban gardening movement sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

“CAN YOU DIG THIS” follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some shit.”

To Host a Screening on ‘Can You Dig This’ CLICK HERE

If you haven’t already seen this inspirational and entertaining Ted Talk by Ron Finley then do yourself a favour and watch this, truly an inspiring talk and man. 

Article compiled byAndrew Martin, author of  Rethink…Your world, Your future. and One ~ A Survival Guide for the Future…


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