Last year, MNN’s home blogger Matt wrote about Ron Finley’s fight to keep the edible garden he grew in a parking strip to help feed the people in the neighborhood. The city wanted him to remove it because it didn’t meet “residential parkway landscaping guidelines,” but he fought the city and won.

Finley recently gave TEDTalk about the experience and how he’s working to increase the number of urban gardens in South Central L.A. and turn the culture around so that gangsta in his neighborhood is associated with gardening. Finley has good comic timing and he’s able to take a serious issue, find some of the humor in it, and inspire people to make changes.

I think the state officials in New Jersey who want to evict the Camden Children's Garden, which supports more than 200 urban gardens in the city, need to see this video, don’t you?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Making gardening gangsta in South Central L.A.
Ron Finley gives an inspirational and funny TEDTalk about turning his neighborhood into a nourishing food culture where shovels are the weapons of choice.