Ron Finley Highlighting a Revolution: Guerrilla Gardening

The article The Next American Revolution Has Begun And This Is What It Looks Like, listed on Resilient Communities, features guerrilla gardener Ron Finley and his work in South Central Los Angelas, USA, where he grew up and now raises children of his own. The article emphasizes that significant change, a food-security revolution even, toward greater liberty and vitality is possible for individuals and communities, and that this change may be brought about by “decentralization of everything[, which] is the key to building a thriving local economy”. Ron Finley shares a similar message of localization (at least of food) and leads the article by example in the featured TED Talk which shows him working to regain “control over his food supply and health, while also setting his community on a path towards resilience and independence.”

An introduction and overview to guerrilla gardening, as well as additional sources to follow up on, can be found on this Wikipedia Guerrilla Gardening page.

While guerrilla gardening specifically may not be the answer for everyone, as it in itself opens room for controversy (i.e. over land use rights), it is just one example of action taken by some folks who seek a revolution toward sustainability and regeneration of health and wellness in their own lives and communities. Historically, guerrilla gardening has had successes worldwide, but some gardeners have also encountered challenges from government and local community forces objecting to and even interfering with their gardening. In either case, growing plants is an activity that has and hopefully will forever be with humanity, and gardening in one form or another does appear helpful to the essence of this article: generating liberty and vitality for individuals and communities. One plant at a time.

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