Save Ron Finley's Gangsta Garden

$296,461 of $500k goal

Raised by 1,746 people in 2 months
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 6
Posted by Mo Lohre
1 day ago
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Dearest friends and supporters of the Gangsta Garden, WE NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER!

Time is running out. Strategic Acquisitions plans to evict The Ron Finley Project in the next week. The GOOD news is we are over halfway to our goal and there is still a chance that we can save the gangsta garden with your help.

Please share the GoFundMe with all your networks, donate whatever you can, and help educate others on the importance of this garden that has brought health and love to urban communities in Los Angeles and cities around the world.

With the support and generosity of Bette Midler, Nell Newman and most importantly YOU, we know there is still hope for our beloved garden and The Ron Finley Project. ALL HANDS ON DECK! Let’s #SaveTheGangstaGarden.
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Update 5
Posted by Mo Lohre
6 days ago
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Nell Newman, cofounder of Newman Own’s Organics and daughter of actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, has joined the frontline to #SaveTheGangstaGarden. Check out Heritage Radio’s “The Farm Report” interview with both Ron and Nell where they discuss how they plan to save RFP’s Headquarters and continue Ron’s worldwide vision where gardening is gangsta, children know what real food is and communities embrace the act of growing, knowing and sharing the best of the earth’s fresh-grown food. You can find the interview here:
http://heritageradionetwork.org/podcast/save-ron-finleys-gangsta-garden/

Help us to continue to spread their message by sharing Nell’s latest facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=994062827391477&id=199920990139002

As always, we are grateful for ALL the support. As we mentioned in our last update, on top of the GoFundMe donations we are also receiving private donations. The combined effort of these donations and your continued support gives us confidence that we will win this battle to #SaveTheGangstaGarden. Much love to all of our supporters!
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Update 4
Posted by Mo Lohre
9 days ago
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Bette Midler to the rescue! Help us spread her message by sharing her tweet and facebook posts. We are so blessed to have her on team RFP.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BetteMidler/status/842459992678662144

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BetteMidler/posts/1362492353810229

In addition, we are also receiving private donations through other sources and are optimistic that we can #SaveTheGangstaGarden. Thank you all for your continued support!
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Update 3
Posted by Mo Lohre
28 days ago
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We immensely appreciate the continued outpour of love and support. We are fortunate to have all of you by our side during this difficult time.

Strategic Acquisitions still is aggressively pursuing the eviction of The Ron Finley Project Headquarters and the only solution they have offered is to purchase the property for $500,000.

As pointed out in our last update, this is not Strategic Acquisitions first rodeo. Founder and President Peter Baer has teamed up with several banks in the past to fraudulently foreclose and wrongfully evict thousands of South Los Angeles community members, pushing urbanites to the brink of homelessness and even suicide. Since 2005, suicides spurred by severe housing stress -evictions and foreclosures- in urban areas have doubled.

Displacement injustice doesn’t just hurt community members, it hurts the whole community and has a devastating effect on our senior population. Here are some ways you can help us win this battle while creating awareness on this communal injustice:

1. Call Strategic Acquisitions at 818-769-7880 and leave a message for Peter Baer. Let Strategic know you stand with The Ron Finley Project. Share your actions on social media.

2. Send Strategic Acquisitions an email describing how the Gangsta Garden has inspired you. Please send it to reception@strategicla.com as well as their Chief Operations Officer Tony Hershman’s email tony@strategicrealtyla.com. Feel free to CC Mo at molohre@gmail.com.

3.Share Ron Finley’s story ( https://www.gofundme.com/savethegangstagarden) on twitter. Please include the following tweet or make up your own: This is bigger than RFP! It personifies the injustice of economic/cultural displacement for communities all over. Please donate and share.

4. Share our GoFundMe link WIDELY: https://www.gofundme.com/savethegangstagarden

The fight to #SaveTheGangstaGarden is larger than the fight for one garden. Although, this battle is far from a blessing, it is an opportunity to shed some light on displacement injustice that is crippling our urban communities.

We appreciate ALL of your continued support. By the power of community WE WILL #SaveTheGangstaGarden!!!
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Ron Finley
2 months 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
2 months ago
8
8

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

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John La Puma
2 months ago
7
7

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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Leah Boule
2 months ago
7
7

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

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Linda Mueller
2 months ago
5
5

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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Al J Kennedy
2 months ago
5
5

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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Janet Kay
28 days ago
4
4

Hi Ron I'm so sorry to hear of your predicament. So much time, love and energy has been poured into the earth you're tending I understand not wanting to move. That and it takes months to cultivate and wait for produce to produce. I don't think people know how long it takes to grow food! And that changing locations may take you too far from current families relying on you. Have you considered applying for a grant from various foundations? Gates, Clinton etc? https://www.clintonfoundation.org/our-work They could drop $500k without blinking given the proven community benefits and outcomes already displayed and underway. Wishing you health and happiness and a generous benefactor to fall from the heavens to a truly deserving people. Change The World.

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Ken Lyle
2 months ago
4
4

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
2 months ago
4
4

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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Mo Lohre
2 months ago
4
4

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
2 months ago
3
3

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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Mo Lohre
20 days ago
2
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Addressing all newly added questions: Hi Alexis Camille Stewart! Thanks for the RFP love. Ron would have to speak directly on the pros and cons. Some of my thoughts for maintaining the property are... (1) this is an injustice that is happening in all of our urban communities; we can't be bystanders to injustice. Also, this property isn't just important to RFP (2) it's a staple for South Los Angeles and a symbol of change for communities around the world that are bringing access to fresh, healthy food in food deserts. As far as I'm concerned, this should be a protected historical site. I hope this provides you some insight in the need for RFP to remain in their HQ. Hey Al J Kennedy! Thanks for the question. I hope the above answer to Alexis' question will be a sufficient answer. Hello Janet Kay - Thank you for the support and understanding. We've reached out to several foundations, including the two you mentioned. Feel free to reach out to them again on our behalf. Greetings Robin Mayasandra - Thank you for the offer to help. Unfortunately RFP could go at any time. Feel free research corporate grants and inbox me with any suggestions. Every hand helps!

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Robin Mayasandra
28 days ago
2
2

This is horrible! RFP is inspiring! What time frame are you looking at? I don't have much to contribute, but I'd be happy to volunteer to help research and draft proposals for a few capital grants if it will help!

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Sandra Nicht
2 months ago
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2

shared to FB and Twitter.

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Ashleigh Carter
2 months ago
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2

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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Kellen Lignier
6 days ago
1
1

I have been sharing regularly this page, if each of my fb friends gave y'all 7$, the price of a meal at McDonald's, you would have almost enough money. I sure hope that they step up for you!

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Mo Lohre
9 days ago
1
1

Hi Lauren Kay and Monica Larke! Thanks for the inquiry Lauren. Yes, RFP is a 501c3. Many thanks for the link Monica!

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Kidada Street
13 days ago
1
1

Thank you for all you do. I hope you connect with Paul Quinn College here in Dallas Tx. They turned their football field into a farm. ✌Keep up the great work #forwardever

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Terri Bingham
21 days ago
1
1

Theresa: Thank you for the quick response. Please have Ron Finley call Keep Your Home California ASAP --- 888-954-5337. I’ll be honest, once a home is foreclosed on, it’s pretty much over. But, in five years of working with Keep Your Home California, I’ve heard some incredible last-minute saves by the program. Regards, Ron Trujillo Senior Vice President

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Mo Lohre
2 months 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.

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$296,461 of $500k goal

Raised by 1,746 people in 2 months
Created January 4, 2017
$50
Creative Green Living
1 month ago

I've been following Ron's work for the last five years. What he's doing is inspirational and worth investing in.

A
$5,312
Anonymous
2 hours ago(Offline Donation)
JE
$40
Joshua Edelman
3 hours ago
RW
$10
Roch Whitman
6 hours ago

Praying for your success

ST
$10
Sarah Tanner
6 hours ago
$50
Hall Stuart-Lovell
8 hours ago
SA
$20
Shani Anderson
9 hours ago
$50
Anonymous
9 hours ago
$25
Krystalya Marie
11 hours ago

Such great work you are doing... So inspirational, I wish I could donate more. I am holding the intention that you receive more money than you need to purchase this property and carry on your good work in the world.

DB
$10
Dave Brown
12 hours ago
$30
Anonymous
13 hours ago
Ron Finley
2 months 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
2 months ago
8
8

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

+ Read More
John La Puma
2 months ago
7
7

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
Leah Boule
2 months ago
7
7

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

+ Read More
Linda Mueller
2 months ago
5
5

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
Al J Kennedy
2 months ago
5
5

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

+ Read More
Janet Kay
28 days ago
4
4

Hi Ron I'm so sorry to hear of your predicament. So much time, love and energy has been poured into the earth you're tending I understand not wanting to move. That and it takes months to cultivate and wait for produce to produce. I don't think people know how long it takes to grow food! And that changing locations may take you too far from current families relying on you. Have you considered applying for a grant from various foundations? Gates, Clinton etc? https://www.clintonfoundation.org/our-work They could drop $500k without blinking given the proven community benefits and outcomes already displayed and underway. Wishing you health and happiness and a generous benefactor to fall from the heavens to a truly deserving people. Change The World.

+ Read More
Ken Lyle
2 months ago
4
4

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
2 months ago
4
4

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

+ Read More
Mo Lohre
2 months ago
4
4

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
2 months ago
3
3

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
Mo Lohre
20 days ago
2
2

Addressing all newly added questions: Hi Alexis Camille Stewart! Thanks for the RFP love. Ron would have to speak directly on the pros and cons. Some of my thoughts for maintaining the property are... (1) this is an injustice that is happening in all of our urban communities; we can't be bystanders to injustice. Also, this property isn't just important to RFP (2) it's a staple for South Los Angeles and a symbol of change for communities around the world that are bringing access to fresh, healthy food in food deserts. As far as I'm concerned, this should be a protected historical site. I hope this provides you some insight in the need for RFP to remain in their HQ. Hey Al J Kennedy! Thanks for the question. I hope the above answer to Alexis' question will be a sufficient answer. Hello Janet Kay - Thank you for the support and understanding. We've reached out to several foundations, including the two you mentioned. Feel free to reach out to them again on our behalf. Greetings Robin Mayasandra - Thank you for the offer to help. Unfortunately RFP could go at any time. Feel free research corporate grants and inbox me with any suggestions. Every hand helps!

+ Read More
Robin Mayasandra
28 days ago
2
2

This is horrible! RFP is inspiring! What time frame are you looking at? I don't have much to contribute, but I'd be happy to volunteer to help research and draft proposals for a few capital grants if it will help!

+ Read More
Sandra Nicht
2 months ago
2
2

shared to FB and Twitter.

+ Read More
Ashleigh Carter
2 months ago
2
2

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

+ Read More
Kellen Lignier
6 days ago
1
1

I have been sharing regularly this page, if each of my fb friends gave y'all 7$, the price of a meal at McDonald's, you would have almost enough money. I sure hope that they step up for you!

+ Read More
Mo Lohre
9 days ago
1
1

Hi Lauren Kay and Monica Larke! Thanks for the inquiry Lauren. Yes, RFP is a 501c3. Many thanks for the link Monica!

+ Read More
Kidada Street
13 days ago
1
1

Thank you for all you do. I hope you connect with Paul Quinn College here in Dallas Tx. They turned their football field into a farm. ✌Keep up the great work #forwardever

+ Read More
Terri Bingham
21 days ago
1
1

Theresa: Thank you for the quick response. Please have Ron Finley call Keep Your Home California ASAP --- 888-954-5337. I’ll be honest, once a home is foreclosed on, it’s pretty much over. But, in five years of working with Keep Your Home California, I’ve heard some incredible last-minute saves by the program. Regards, Ron Trujillo Senior Vice President

+ Read More
Mo Lohre
2 months 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
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