Today Show: Childhood Hunger and Obesity
Ending childhood hunger and obesity is a big deal to Carson Daly. He said that he’s met several people who are devoted to this cause, but the coolest one he’s met so far is Ron Finley of South Central Los Angeles.
Ron Finley thinks that taking care of your neighborhood and growing your own food is gangster. He started out by planting on a patch of burned out grass on the sidewalk in front of his house. “No one said anything about the dead grass and the weeds, but you put a carrot in the ground and all hell break loose. It’s almost like they want to call SWAT,” said Ron Finley.
Apparently, it was against the law the plant edibles on your parkway, and Ron Finley decided to fight back. He’s passionate about getting healthy food in his neighborhood, and he ignored the citations and warnings by planting food in any sort of green space he could find.
Today: Food Prisons
On the Today Show, Ron Finley he discussed the issue of obesity, including grade school kids having heart attacks. He calls South Central, and other areas like it, food prisons. You can’t find a market that sells fruits and vegetables for miles, but you’ll be sure to find a liquor store in a convenient location.
Carson Daly visited Ron Finley’s garden oasis to get tips on how to help his school garden in Brooklyn. Ron Finley’s garden included bananas, kale, rosemary, collard greens, and more. Carson Daly asked what the point of the sunflowers was, and Ron Finley said that people can’t look at them without smiling. There’s a misconception that food won’t grow in the concrete jungle, but Ron Finley said that all you need to do is put soil on top, and things will grow.
Today Show: Kids Will Eat What They Grow
Ron Finley said if kids plant their food, they will eat it, because it’s fun. He saw an issue, fought the law, and won. Now, he’s hoping others will help end food deserts. To find out more about community gardens and how you can help Carson Daly with his cause, go to crowdrise.com/Carson.