Save Ron Finley's Gangsta Garden

$69,357 of $500k goal

Raised by 1,222 people in 1 month
Help #savethegangstagarden and The Ron Finley Project's HQ that ignited a worldwide food justice revolution by generously giving what you can.

Ron Finley has many titles: Fashion Designer, The Renegade Gardener, Guerilla Gardener, Gangsta Gardener, Head Trouble Maker but most importantly Revolutionary. In 2010, he decided to take his health and the health of his community into his own hands and “Plant Some Shit”, turning a strip of city-owned land into a food oasis. After a citation, fine and eventual warrant for Finley’s arrest over the grass that he transformed into a food forest for his community, word spread quickly about the “Gangsta Gardener”.

With the help of his powerful 2013 Ted Talk and 2015 film "Can You Dig This", his message that gardens are solutions to inner city health problems, gang violence and poverty has echoed around the world. The ringing of his words has given birth to urban communities across the globe coming together to grow their own food in areas that have none.

People from all walks of life have shown their support for Finley's efforts. Luminaries such as René Redzepi, Russell Brand, Alice Waters, Rainn Wilson, Penny Marshall, Aloe Blacc, Carson Daley, Rachel Hunter and Robert Horry have reached out in solidarity, as well as statewide dignitaries including Mayors Aja Brown, Kevin Johnson and Councilman Herb Wesson.

Over the years, the Gangsta Garden has evolved into more than a symbol of healthy change for urban communities including an educational site, a propagation station for more edible landscapes and the formal headquarters for The Ron Finley Project (RFP). Furthermore, it has become the focus of study for local K-12 classrooms and universities worldwide including the renown institutions of MIT, Harvard and University of Southern California.

Currently, RFP is fighting for their headquarters; the very same location that ignited a good food revolution when Finley took back city land and planted the seeds to cultivate happy and healthy communities. After numerous attempts by the property owner for a loan modification with no avail, the land was sold to Strategic Acquisitions Inc in a foreclosure.

RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property for $500,000, otherwise... they face eviction.

Finley took on city lawmakers in 2010 sparking a worldwide food justice revolution. Now the world needs to rally behind him!

RFP needs to raise $500,000 to #savethegangstagarden. If you have been touched by RFP or support access to healthy food for ALL communities please donate what you can and share widely.
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Update 2
Posted by Mo Lohre
20 days ago
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Thank you all for the continued support to #SaveTheGangstaGarden. Strategic Acquisitions is only becoming more aggressive and is NOT offering any resolutions. The Gangsta Garden is still facing demolition unless the inflated amount of $500,000 can be raised to save the property.

After doing some research, we learned that this is not Strategic's first rodeo. Founder & President, Peter Baer has teamed up with several banks in the past to exploit thousands of home owners living in poor communities. Baer and Strategic Acquisitions has harassed, terrorized, illegally changed locks and unlawfully occupied properties as tactics to bully people out of their homes while they were still in legal possession of the property.

We are grateful that unlike many of Peter Baer's and Strategic Acquisition's victims, Ron Finley has a platform from which he can help expose the injustices that are happening here and in communities around the world. We wholeheartedly believe in the power of community and know that we do not stand alone in this fight.

Help us win the battle! Please donate what you can and continue to share the GoFundMe campaign to your social media outlets. Together we can save the Gangsta Garden and inspire others to fight against injustices in their community.
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Update 1
Posted by Mo Lohre
1 month ago
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THANK YOU ALL!!! We have raised over $33,000!

Ron Finley and Ron Finley Project are grateful for the outpour of support. Unfortunately, at this time Strategic Acquisitions still has not backed down from their eviction notice or offered a more affordable resolution than buying the property for $500,000.

BUT WE WON'T GO WITHOUT A FIGHT!

Here are ways that you can help us win the battle:

1. Share the GoFundMe campaign on all your social media outlets and with your email contacts
2. Sign and Share the petition to #SaveTheGangstaGarden: http://bit.ly/2jjPIgp

TOGETHER we CAN SAVE THE GANGSTA GARDEN!
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Ron Finley
1 month ago

WoW!! We Sincerely appreciate the out pour of LoVe & Support. Thank You All For Believing In Us. Please Continue to Help Us Spread The Word. And We Will Continue To Fight To Change The World.

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Bella Shing
1 month ago
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Hey there, is the $500K to buy the property? Just wanted to confirm. Thanks!

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John La Puma
1 month ago
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Can you be more specific about what is going to be done with the 500k, and over what period? E.g., is the purchase price 500k, all inclusive, or is that a partial payment? What will be done to fund operations after the property is purchased?

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Al J Kennedy
1 month ago
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Hi there! More power to you all. So is it not possible to find an alternate piece of property to purchase?

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Ken Lyle
1 month ago
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Why not move? The mission seems portable, and this location has to be repeatable - it would actually be a great demonstration project - soil can be improved and seeds planted anywhere. Attachment to one physical location seems like an anachronism.

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Megan Paterson
1 month ago
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That seems like an outrageous amount for a vacant piece of property. I wonder why they are charging you so much.

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Linda Mueller
1 month ago
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I shared it already and added a nice long positive narrative with my share.. I wish I had a lot more money,,this is such a great cause and a learning education. Can someone compose a much needed letter and then it out to social media and we can all add our names? Think that would help? I would also CC a copy to Michele Obama,, she grew fresh veggies on The White House property. Heck I will try to copy this and send it to her via something!!

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Sandra Nicht
1 month ago
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shared to FB and Twitter.

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Mo Lohre
1 month ago
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Thank you all for the support and inquires. We've had a number of questions regarding where the money is going to. As RFP team member Ashleigh Carter pointed out below, ALL the money is going towards purchasing the property. RFP has a budget that supports their operations. Strategic Acquisitions has asked for $500,000 for the property or RFP will be evicted. I have updated the campaign to make sure this is clear. Linda Mueller - Thanks for the wonderful idea! We have a petition circulating. You can sign and share it with Michelle Obama ;) here: http://bit.ly/2j3c70o Al J Kennedy - We hope it does not come down to finding another location. This property means too much to the community and world at large for us to give up on it. Furthermore, we feel it is important to call out and fight this injustice as it mirrors the struggles of other urban communities.

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Mo Lohre
1 month ago
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Thanks for the feedback Leah Boule. You can always donate to Ron Finley Project on their Paypal link which you'll find here: http://ronfinley.com/contact/ Hope that information is helpful.

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Leah Boule
1 month ago
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I'm always frustrated by these GoFundMes because they do NOT take Paypal!!

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Mo Lohre
1 month ago
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Yes Goys Entt. This crowdfund and campaign is to the save the property with sunflowers that you can see from the expo line. Thanks for asking and come by and check it sometime.

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Goys Entt
1 month ago
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I just want to confirm that this is to save the property with the Sunflowers that can be viewed from the Expo Line?

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Ashleigh Carter
1 month ago
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John- The 500k is to buy the property. The Ron Finley Project has an operational budget that is separate from this campaign.

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Ashleigh Carter
1 month ago
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Bella Shing - Yes the 500k is to buy the property.

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Armando Stavole
20 days ago

How comes? As much as I know, California is a very liberal State, is this the way to be so coherent?!

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Alexis Camille Stewart
25 days ago

Hi guys!! Know and LOVE Ron Finley and anything this man touches! Question: Can you go over the pros and cons of trying to maintain (ie. purchasing) this property vs. a move to another suitable, perhaps more advantageous location. Direct answers welcomed! xoxoxo

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Alisa Gould-Simon
1 month ago

For anyone looking for more information or wondering about the cost there's a good LA Times story here: http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/south-la-gangsta-gardener-ron-finley-fights-to-save-his-garden-from-eviction-7790627

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$69,357 of $500k goal

Raised by 1,222 people in 1 month
Created January 4, 2017
$10
Anonymous
2 hours ago
NK
$20
Nina Kelly
5 hours ago
LF
$20
Lisa Freeman
6 hours ago

I love what you're doing Ron, even if you are unable to buy this house I hope this helps you find another santuary to share your love and passion.

FT
$20
Farah Tariq
8 hours ago
$20
Anonymous
9 hours ago
MC
$5
Mark Chandler
10 hours ago
$10
Emily Tolliver
11 hours ago

Keep up the good work!!

AH
$20
Angela Hojnacki
11 hours ago

You're doing amazing work. We are in this struggle together.

AB
$5
Allaney Briggs
13 hours ago
GW
$25
Goat Magic Soap Works
13 hours ago

Love and Light <3

Ron Finley
1 month ago

WoW!! We Sincerely appreciate the out pour of LoVe & Support. Thank You All For Believing In Us. Please Continue to Help Us Spread The Word. And We Will Continue To Fight To Change The World.

+ Read More
Bella Shing
1 month ago
6
6

Hey there, is the $500K to buy the property? Just wanted to confirm. Thanks!

+ Read More
John La Puma
1 month ago
5
5

Can you be more specific about what is going to be done with the 500k, and over what period? E.g., is the purchase price 500k, all inclusive, or is that a partial payment? What will be done to fund operations after the property is purchased?

+ Read More
Al J Kennedy
1 month ago
4
4

Hi there! More power to you all. So is it not possible to find an alternate piece of property to purchase?

+ Read More
Ken Lyle
1 month ago
3
3

Why not move? The mission seems portable, and this location has to be repeatable - it would actually be a great demonstration project - soil can be improved and seeds planted anywhere. Attachment to one physical location seems like an anachronism.

+ Read More
Megan Paterson
1 month ago
3
3

That seems like an outrageous amount for a vacant piece of property. I wonder why they are charging you so much.

+ Read More
Linda Mueller
1 month ago
3
3

I shared it already and added a nice long positive narrative with my share.. I wish I had a lot more money,,this is such a great cause and a learning education. Can someone compose a much needed letter and then it out to social media and we can all add our names? Think that would help? I would also CC a copy to Michele Obama,, she grew fresh veggies on The White House property. Heck I will try to copy this and send it to her via something!!

+ Read More
Sandra Nicht
1 month ago
2
2

shared to FB and Twitter.

+ Read More
Mo Lohre
1 month ago
2
2

Thank you all for the support and inquires. We've had a number of questions regarding where the money is going to. As RFP team member Ashleigh Carter pointed out below, ALL the money is going towards purchasing the property. RFP has a budget that supports their operations. Strategic Acquisitions has asked for $500,000 for the property or RFP will be evicted. I have updated the campaign to make sure this is clear. Linda Mueller - Thanks for the wonderful idea! We have a petition circulating. You can sign and share it with Michelle Obama ;) here: http://bit.ly/2j3c70o Al J Kennedy - We hope it does not come down to finding another location. This property means too much to the community and world at large for us to give up on it. Furthermore, we feel it is important to call out and fight this injustice as it mirrors the struggles of other urban communities.

+ Read More
Mo Lohre
1 month ago
2
2

Thanks for the feedback Leah Boule. You can always donate to Ron Finley Project on their Paypal link which you'll find here: http://ronfinley.com/contact/ Hope that information is helpful.

+ Read More
Leah Boule
1 month ago
2
2

I'm always frustrated by these GoFundMes because they do NOT take Paypal!!

+ Read More
Mo Lohre
1 month ago
1
1

Yes Goys Entt. This crowdfund and campaign is to the save the property with sunflowers that you can see from the expo line. Thanks for asking and come by and check it sometime.

+ Read More
Goys Entt
1 month ago
1
1

I just want to confirm that this is to save the property with the Sunflowers that can be viewed from the Expo Line?

+ Read More
Ashleigh Carter
1 month ago
1
1

John- The 500k is to buy the property. The Ron Finley Project has an operational budget that is separate from this campaign.

+ Read More
Ashleigh Carter
1 month ago
1
1

Bella Shing - Yes the 500k is to buy the property.

+ Read More
Armando Stavole
20 days ago

How comes? As much as I know, California is a very liberal State, is this the way to be so coherent?!

+ Read More
Alexis Camille Stewart
25 days ago

Hi guys!! Know and LOVE Ron Finley and anything this man touches! Question: Can you go over the pros and cons of trying to maintain (ie. purchasing) this property vs. a move to another suitable, perhaps more advantageous location. Direct answers welcomed! xoxoxo

+ Read More
Alisa Gould-Simon
1 month ago

For anyone looking for more information or wondering about the cost there's a good LA Times story here: http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/south-la-gangsta-gardener-ron-finley-fights-to-save-his-garden-from-eviction-7790627

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