Ron Finley also known as “The Gangsta Gardener” is an artist, designer & gardener, based in Los Angeles.
Ron Finley serves the community by teaching people the power of growing your own food.
Growing up in the ‘food prison’
As a child growing up in the Central Los Angeles, Ron Finley was familiar with the areas’s lack of fresh produce and did not want others to be forced to drive 45 minutes just to get a fresh tomato.
In 2010, he sets out to solve the problem by planting vegetables outside his front door, in the curtsied dirt next to his home. After being cited for gardening without a permit, Ron fought back by demanding the right to garden and grow food in his neighbourhood. The former fashion designer planted a vegetable garden on a 10 x 150-foot-long barren strip, parallel to his property, between the curb and the sidewalk on Exposition Boulevard.