Most widely known as the “Gangsta Gardener”, Ron Finley inadvertently started a horti-Cultural revolution when he transformed the barren parkway in front of his South Central L.A. home into an edible oasis. Ron unexpectedly became one of L.A.’s most widely known artivists.
Frustrated by his community’s lack of access to fresh, organic food, Finley started a revolution when he turned the parkway in front of his home into an edible garden in 2010. Ron’s goal was simple; bring healthy food to an area where there was none, making him see first hand how gardens build community and change peoples lives. This experience blossomed into a quest to change how we eat and to teach youth that they have the capacity to design their own lives; empowering people.
Based in LA, Ron is now working on The Ron Finley Project speaking at global conferences and in classrooms. He is, currently, on the Curatorial Team of the Destination Crenshaw project; a 1.3 mile long outdoor art and cultural experience celebrating Black Los Angeles. He is also selected as one of the national artists for the Public Art Challenge Fertile Ground Project by Bloomberg Philanthropies in Jackson, Mississippi to only name a few.