Gangsta Gardening in LA
Ron Finley got fed up with watching people dying from the food they were eating and decided that his urban sidewalk needed to become a fresh food forest: 

 Here’s some a summary of the talk using our favorites of Ron’s talk:
 Growing your own food is like printing your own money. I’m an artist.Gardening is my graffiti. I grow my art.

I live in South Los Angeles.’Liquor stores,fast food,vacant lots. Just like 26.5 million other Americans,I live in a food desert, People are dying from curable diseases I see dialysis centers popping up like Starbucks. I figured that the problem is the solution.Food is the problem and food is the solution.Plus I got tired of driving 45 minutes round tripto get an apple that wasn’t impregnated with pesticides. 

I planted a food forest in front of my house. 

L.A. leads the United States in vacant lots.’ They own 26 square miles of vacant lots.That’s 20 Central Parks.That’s enough space to plant 725 million tomato plants. 

You’d be surprised what the soil could doif you let it be your canvas. 

Gardening is the most therapeuticand defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city.Plus you get strawberries. 

We gotta make this sexy.So I want us all to become ecolutionary renegades, gangsta gardeners.We gotta flip the script on what a gangsta is.If you ain’t a gardener, you ain’t gangsta.Get gangsta with your shovel, okay?And let that be your weapon of choice. If you want to meet with me, come to the gardenwith your shovel so we can plant some shit.

“for the record” Ron’s TED talk was polished. I’m sharing here the previous talks as a lesson on honing your message, a ‘less is more’ that TED is successful with.
And here’s Ron ‘unchained’ and speaking his full heart without TEDsorship (you heard about the Sarah Silverman’s censored TED talk?). Warning: explitives not deleted: