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It's time to Plant your own Garden..just like

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Where the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys. Something wrong about this. It’s time to Plant your own Garden.

My friend Faith Barnard shared this TED talk with me, I just had to share with you the story about Ron Finley. You see, Ron Finley – looked at his neighborhood and said “There is something wrong here.” He started to plant 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.

Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.’s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating.

This is another all inspiring video about someone who just says, it’s time to take back our community. I liked what he said, “He’s an artist and there is nothing like creating beauty with plants.” Flowers, Vegetables and let the people pick and taste real food. His team have planted 20 gardens and continue to do this strictly all volunteer.

“Growing your own food is like printing your own money,” Finley said in his TED talk. He has educated his community in the importance of gardening as a sustainable, cost-effective and healthy activity in the hopes the can help turn these “food deserts” into “food forests.”

Since this TED Talk was released Ron, has been getting a lot of publicity. You got to admit, we all can do something in our own neighborhoods to become healthy, come together by helping each other.

In Sedona, the City limits has banned any gardens. Gardens for Humanity are celebrating their expo starting March 16 – 24th. It’s a shame..a community garden on Sunset Road was given a vote of NO.

This group Founded in 1996, Gardens for Humanity has worked for ecological education to help give our children and all members of our community the values, tools and experiences needed to seek and regain balance with the natural world.

I am quite sure there are many other forward thinkers in other cities. It’s funny though because gardening and farming is an old tradition. I believe we are moving back to the basics.

Enjoy Ron’s talk on TED. It will inspire you to do something great in your local community.

Mari-Lyn Harris

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