It's been hijacked from us. But if you get soil, plant something in it and water it, you can feed yourself. Its that simple." (1)
Ron volunteers for the organisation he founded, L.A. Green Grounds which is a grass-roots, all-volunteer based group in South Los Angeles. The group taps into a diverse range of people bringing them together to replace residential front lawns into edible gardens to be shared with the neighborhood. They focus on serving geographic areas with scarce access to fresh, affordable food. So far they have installed 27 edible gardens. L.A. Green Grounds advocates growing your own food, occupying open space and general wellness in South L.A. and beyond. They have active members who attend city council meetings to reform or repeal bills that prevent access to clean, local, edible gardens. They participate in community gatherings to table, talk, work, chat and act about food justice, anti-hunger, anti-poverty and environmental movements in the city. (2)
I would like to share with you one of the most inspiring and entertaining TED talks I have seen relating to our current food system which provides a grass roots practical solution to many of the food related challenges. Join Ron as he embarks on his next project: 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 earths fresh-grown food.(3)
*** Andrew Martin is passionate about helping raise awareness and living sustainably. He is editor of www.onenesspublishing.com and author of One ~ A Survival Guide for the Future...