Save Ron Finley's Gangsta Garden

$48,898 of $500k goal

Raised by 988 people in 17 days
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 1
Posted by Mo Lohre
11 days ago
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
12 days 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
12 days ago
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Hey there, is the $500K to buy the property? Just wanted to confirm. Thanks!

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Linda Mueller
11 days 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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John La Puma
12 days 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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Mo Lohre
12 days 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
12 days ago
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I'm always frustrated by these GoFundMes because they do NOT take Paypal!!

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Mo Lohre
9 days 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
10 days 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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Sandra Nicht
11 days ago
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shared to FB and Twitter.

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Mo Lohre
11 days 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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Al J Kennedy
11 days 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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Ashleigh Carter
12 days 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
12 days ago
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Bella Shing - Yes the 500k is to buy the property.

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Alisa Gould-Simon
5 days 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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Ken Lyle
8 days ago

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
11 days ago

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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$48,898 of $500k goal

Raised by 988 people in 17 days
Created January 4, 2017
$11
Anonymous
7 hours ago
$20
Anonymous
16 hours ago
HR
$100
Harry Rosenblum
21 hours ago

The Brooklyn Kitchen stands with RFP!

AC
$20
anne carle
1 day ago
MD
$25
Megan Drake
1 day ago
$40
Anonymous
1 day ago
EH
$10
Edina Higgins
1 day ago

God bless you & find favor with you cause. May your enemies be disgraced & your victory be complete.

FD
$50
Fumiko Docker
1 day ago

Thank you Ron for bringing healthy food to South Central!

$20
Anonymous
1 day ago
LP
$50
Laura Prados
1 day ago
Ron Finley
12 days 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
12 days ago
5
5

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

+ Read More
Linda Mueller
11 days 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
John La Puma
12 days ago
3
3

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
Mo Lohre
12 days 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
12 days ago
2
2

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

+ Read More
Mo Lohre
9 days 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
10 days 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
Sandra Nicht
11 days ago
1
1

shared to FB and Twitter.

+ Read More
Mo Lohre
11 days ago
1
1

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
Al J Kennedy
11 days ago
1
1

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

+ Read More
Ashleigh Carter
12 days 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
12 days ago
1
1

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

+ Read More
Alisa Gould-Simon
5 days 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

+ Read More
Ken Lyle
8 days ago

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
11 days ago

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

+ Read More
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