Ron Finley is a gardener, but not in the puttering-in-the-backyard kind of way. Rather, the artist and designer refers to himself as a "guerrilla gardener," using the growing of food as a way to try to change the dynamics of his neighborhood: South Central L.A.
Screenshot from Ron Finley's TED talk One of the gardens Ron Finley has planted in South Central
In a TED talk, given in Long Beach in February and just recently posted online, Finley talks about his neighborhood as a food desert and community devastated by food-related illnesses. "South Central: The home of the drive-by and the drive-thru," he says. "The drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."More »