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'Gangsta gardener' brings produce to LA inner city

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 01:43

Sick of a lack of healthy food in his Los Angeles neighborhood, a self-proclaimed ''Gangsta Gardener'' brings produce to the inner city. Bob Mezan reports.

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Ron Finley is a self-proclaimed "Gangsta Gardener." Sick of a lack of healthy food in his south central Los Angeles neighborhood, Finley created what he calls 'the Ron Finley project' seven years ago, transforming a plot of land into a lush garden to provide fruit and vegetables to the local inner-city community. SOUNDBITE: Ron Finley saying (English): "Because in the inner city, I like to call them food prisons, they call them food deserts. But I call them food prisons because you literally have to escape to get any kind of healthy food. Our food should be convenient, our food should be here, just like any other neighborhood and it's not. You know we can find fast food, we can find drugs, we can find food in the store that's killing us and that's why I started growing my own and why I want other people to start doing the same thing is to basically take your health back, take you life back." But Finley and his garden hit a roadblock. When the property was sold to a developer, he risked losing it. Finley turned to the internet to raise funds and awareness in order to buy back the land and save his garden. He and his supporters created a GoFundMe page, which has so far raised more than $500,000, just $50,000 shy of the total cost of the property. SOUNDBITE: Ron Finley saying (English): "Within the last few weeks, they've come in like gang-busters and we've raised a lot of funds and we're right there. We have the, we're right there almost to get the money to make this happen." Finley hopes they'll reach their goal soon - allowing him and his urban oasis to keep thriving.

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'Gangsta gardener' brings produce to LA inner city

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 01:43