Ron Finley

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  • The Gangster Gardener
  • Founder, Ron Finley Project - an organization that spreads the movement for urban gardening and turn food deserts into food sanctuaries
  • Urban Renewal & Anti-Food Deserts Activist



A renowned rebel with a green thumb, Ron Finley is widely known as the Gangster Gardener. After growing up in the South Central Los Angeles food prison – a geographic location where access to healthy food options is extremely limited or nonexistent – Finely is intimately familiar with the impacts of a lack of fresh produce. In 2010, he set out to fix the problem by planting vegetables in neglected dirt patches, and after being cited by the city of Los Angeles for gardening without a permit, he fought back and won – starting a petition with fellow green activists and demanding the right to garden and grow food in his neighborhood. Finley has shared his bold and tender vision for communities – and a world – transformed through gardening at events with groups like Netflix, Chase, Cornell University, Google, Salesforce, and Amazon.

Finely has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Oprah Daily, on The Ellen Show, and more, as his passion for agriculture and food equity continues to resonate with audiences of all kinds. In 2020, he created one of the most popular classes on the Masterlass platform – with over 9M views, it was the most-watched course of the year. The Gangster Gardener founded the Ron Finley Project, an organization that spreads the movement for urban gardening and turning food deserts into food sanctuaries. Heralded for his humor and his profound message, Finley leaves audiences feeling empowered to explore new knowledge and increase their wellbeing, togetherness, and freedom through gardening.

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Ron Finley
  • Amazon
  • Netflix
  • Chase
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Salesforce
  • Purdue University
  • Tuskegee University
  • Google
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Sustainability: Gardening for a Better World

For Ron Finley – the Gangster Gardener – the art of gardening is a path toward truly living freely and sustainably. From his early work transforming the abandoned space in his South Central LA neighborhood into a food sanctuary, Finley has shared his empowering message worldwide, inspiring audiences ...

For Ron Finley – the Gangster Gardener – the art of gardening is a path toward truly living freely and sustainably. From his early work transforming the abandoned space in his South Central LA neighborhood into a food sanctuary, Finley has shared his empowering message worldwide, inspiring audiences of all kinds to explore the therapeutic and defiant art of gardening, and grow a more equitable world through sustainable practices.

Urban Renewal: From Food Prisons to Food Forests

Gangster Gardener and food equity activist Ron Finley is the founder of the Ron Finley Project – an organization that turns food prisons, a geographic location where access to healthy food options is extremely limited or nonexistent – into food forests. His mission is to change the composition of th ...

Gangster Gardener and food equity activist Ron Finley is the founder of the Ron Finley Project – an organization that turns food prisons, a geographic location where access to healthy food options is extremely limited or nonexistent – into food forests. His mission is to change the composition of the soil in communities around the world, empowering them to cultivate knowledge, nutrition, and togetherness. In this energizing talk, Finley shares his profound message and mission to revolutionize culture and communities around the globe one garden at a time.

Message of Empowerment for Young Audiences & Parents

Gardening and food equity activist Ron Finley – known widely as the Gangster Gardener – has made a global impact with his message of transformation through gardening, knowledge, and togetherness. When raising his sons in South Los Angeles, the biggest lesson he instilled in them was to be operationa ...

Gardening and food equity activist Ron Finley – known widely as the Gangster Gardener – has made a global impact with his message of transformation through gardening, knowledge, and togetherness. When raising his sons in South Los Angeles, the biggest lesson he instilled in them was to be operationally happy. In this empowering talk, Finley encourages young people: “design the life you want to live, not the one that’s been designed for you.”

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Ron Finley is a rebel with a green thumb widely known as the Gangster Gardener.

Having grown up in the South Central Los Angeles food prison, a geographic location where access to healthy food options are extremely limited or nonexistent, Ron is familiar with the area’s lack of fresh produce.

In 2010 Ron set out to fix the problem by planting vegetables in those often neglected dirt patches next to our streets. After being cited by the city of Los Angeles for gardening without a permit, he fought back, won and started a petition with fellow green activists, demanding the right to garden and grow food in his neighborhood.

Within 2021 and 2022 alone, Ron has had over 30+ speaking engagements with institutes like USC, UCLA, Cornell University, Hammer Museum, Perkins + Will and Amazon. Ron has also previously spoken at Ted Talk, interviewed with The Ellen Show, and has one of the most popular courses on the Masterclass platform with over 9 million views, making his course the most watched of 2020.

Boldly and tenderly, Ron’s vision to rejuvenate communities around the world through gardening, knowledge, and togetherness has taken root, inspiring millions with his passion for agriculture and food equity.