Ron Finley: A guerrilla gardener in South Central LA

Ron Finley: A guerrilla gardener in South Central LA

This is a wonderful idea, something I used to do with herbs when I was a kid. The only downfall is that the soil found in cities often suffers from environmental contamination, such as heavy metals and hydrocarbons. I strongly urge anyone planting in soils of unknown origin to do a little research into the property history and take some soil samples to an environmental lab for analysis. Most labs will work with you to address your sampling needs or you may want to consult with an environmental scientist (like me) to determine which contaminates are of concern and to help with soil sampling and the interpretation of laboratory results. If you are not going to test the soil then consider importing clean soil or planting in raised bed gardens.

Our community is healthy when the soil from which it sprouts is made fertile and sustained, lets do some gardening!

TEDtalksDirectorTEDtalksDirector Published on Mar 6, 2013

Ron Finley 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.”

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