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L.A. creative transforms an urban landscape into a source of fruits and vegetables for the community.


Ron Finley, a fashion designer based in Los Angeles, is more known for his community garden than his clothes or designs. He made headlines last year when he converted a 10-foot-wide, and 150-foot-long urban strip, into what he calls a ‘food forest.’ What was once a stretch of unruly grass, now grows assorted vegetables, fruits, flowers, and plants.

Finley’s urban hack has brought together the community, where people from all over the neighborhood would come visit the garden each day. It has also sparked interactions between people that otherwise wouldn’t have happened. Finley gives an example of an elderly Japaneses man who didn’t speak English, and wanted to give Finley some plants. Then there are people who don’t have much money for food, where Finley is happy for them to take what they need from the garden.

Watch the inspirational video below where Finley gives a tour of his urban food forest.

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